French Class Player Visits

During the season, French-speaking Wolves players visited local high school French classes. The program usually runs about an hour long (or the length of a class period), and is recommended for the more advanced classes. This is because we encourage the class to be conducted entirely in French, or as closely as possible.

Typically, the player will start the class by talking about himself; where he came from, how he started playing hockey, how he ended up here, etc. After he is done, we will open it up to a question and answer session. The students prepare questions for the players and address them in French, which gives students the opportunity to both listen and speak with a native French speaker. Of course each class/school is different, and we can coordinate the curriculum with teachers prior to the visit. We also try our best to leave time at the end for autographs and pictures for the students.

If you would like information about the French Class program or are interested in participating, please contact Tony Domalewski at (847) 832-1985 or

Facts About Hockey

  • In the mid-1800s, Canadians began taking their homemade sticks onto frozen ponds and play the first version of hockey
  • The fastest slap shot ever was recorded by Brett Hull, clocking in at 118 miles per hour
  • Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records, more than any player by far
  • Before games, hockey pucks are frozen so they don’t bounce as much during play
  • Former Wolves coach Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to play without a helmet. He retired in 1997.

Facts About Quebec

  • French is the official language of Canada’s second largest province
  • In 1995, Quebec nearly voted to separate from the rest of Canada
  • Celine Dion, William Shatner, Patrick Roy, Mario Lemieux and Georges St-Pierre all hail from Quebec
  • Je me souviens – meaning “I remember” – is the province’s official motto
  • Quebec often plays host to some of the most world renowned hockey tournaments, attracting players from across the globe
  • Top sports amongst the Quebecois are hockey, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing, as well as snowmobiling (the snow mobile was invented in Quebec)


According to the Site for Language Management in Canada, “French is the mother tongue of an estimated 80 million people and the second language of 128 million. It is the official language in some 30 countries, including more than 50 states.”

Useful French Phrases

English French Pronounciation
Hello Bonjour bohn-zhoor
Goodbye Au revoir oh-reh-vwar
How are you? Comment allez-vous? kom-mohn tah-lay voo
I’m fine, thanks. Ça va bien, merci. sah vah bee-ahn, mehr-see.
My name is… Je m’appelle… zhuh mah-pehl
Excuse me Excusez-moi ehk-kew-zay mwah
Thank you Merci mehr-see
I don’t understand Je ne comprends pas zhuh nuh kohn-prahn pah
Please S’il vous plait see voo play
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous Anglais? pahr-lay voo ahn-leh
I don’t know Je ne sais pas zheh-nuh say pah
Let’s go Allons-y! ah-lohn-zee
No Non nohn
Yes Oui we

Hockey Terms

English French
Hockey le hockey
Hockey player joueur de hockey
The skating rink la patinoire
To lace up lacer
The crease le pli
To (blow a) whistle siffler
Goalie gardien de but
Opponent adversaire
Goal but
Goal crease territoire de but
You are good at hockey vous êtes bon au hockey


English French
Hockey stick crosse de hockey
Puck palet
Helmet casque protecteur
Face mask protecteur facial
Glove gant
Skate patin

Hockey Verbs

English French
To play hockey jouer au hockey
To check mettre en échec
To clear the puck dégager le palet
To score a goal marquer un but
To shoot lancer, tirer

Penalty Calls

English French
Elbowing donner de coude
Delay of game avoir retardé la partie
Fighting bagarre, battu
High sticking bâton élevé
Slashing cingler, coup de bâton
Cross Checking double- échec
Interference obstruction
Spearing piquage
Diving plonger
Holding retenu
Roughing rudesse
Penalty shot tir de pénalité
Hooking accroché


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