Luke Schenn’s sons have fun with hockey series for young readers

Brady Brady’s book is a big hit at Schenn’s house

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What better reading for the sons of the Vancouver Canucks than a series about a boy who “loves hockey more than anything”?

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Defenseman Luke Shinn discovered Brady Brady’s books through former team assistant coach Bradshaw. Shaw’s wife Mary is the co-author of the Brady Brady All-Star series, which includes Brady Brady and the Big Rink, Brady Brady and the Runaway Goalie, Brady Brady and the Puck on the Pond Wait for the tome.

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Schenn said his five- and two-year-olds were Kingston and Weston respectively “those are always popular”.

The 32-year-old Saskatchewan native and his wife Jessica read to their boy every night before going to bed.

“We usually do a couple of books. They have some books here and some in Kelowna. They pick a couple and we read to them on the sofa before we go to bed.”

Brady Brady All-Star Collection is co-written by former NHLer Brad Shaw wife Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple.
Brady Brady All-Star Collection is co-written by former NHLer Brad Shaw wife Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple. jpg

Books with Elmo and Disney characters are also popular in the Schenn family.

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“We love books that tell stories with beautiful pictures,” Schenn said. “We’re trying to get them involved a little bit.”

Patrice Karst’s “The Invisible String” is about a girl feeling anxious about her first day of school, while Audrey Penn’s “Kissing” The Hand, about a mother raccoon comforting her baby, proves to help reassure Kingston as he enters kindergarten.

“In this case, kids are facing new challenges, going to school, so you’re reading books that relate to their own lives that still tell a good story before they go to bed,” Schenn said. “They wake up in the morning and these books are all about how your parents are always with you and you have nothing to worry about. Books like this help ease the transition.”

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Sometimes boys get stuck on a book. When that happens, “We try to confuse them. We’ll do one a few nights and change it.”

Growing up, Shin’s parents read to him.

“It was something like that, they would read bedtime stories. I remember my dad sitting at the kitchen table helping me with my homework, whether it was reading or taking quizzes on the different types of stories I read. Let them start young and It’s nice to make it part of their everyday life.”

When it comes to his own reading habits, Schenn reads whenever he can, usually in the mornings and on planes for group trips.

“I like to read different business stuff in the morning, real estate stuff. I think that’s how I became an old man,” he said with a laugh. “When you’re training and chasing kids, the days go by quickly.”

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Recent readings include Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Reichter, a book about financial literacy, You Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Overcome Adversity, David Goggins, Navy SEALs, Army Ranger and Air Force tactical air controllers.

“I love reading about psychology and how to stay strong in different areas of life,” Schenn said.

“It’s not about having a winning mentality, but how you overcome different challenges or obstacles in a season. Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes you have to overcome obstacles.”

He probably won’t pass on either of the two books to his teammates, though. Sharing books in the Canucks locker room is not one thing.

“It’s more about fantasy football and draft picks,” he said. “That’s what was delivered.”

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