Goaltenders for the Augusta Lynx took a break from blocking pucks Tuesday to read to pupils at Evans Elementary School.
"Up from the earth came the most terrifying creature ... the dreaded Dogzilla," Lynx goalie Jason Wolfe read, to giggles from about 80 third-graders in the Evans Elementary library.
Wolfe, along with fellow net defender Trevor Cunning, read to more than 200 pupils Tuesday as part of an event honoring Children's Book Week.
Wolfe read Dogzilla and Cunning read Kat Kong, both children's books written by Dav Pilkey, the school's author of the month.
A humorous take on classic creature-features Godzilla and King Kong, the picture books feature a canine and feline attacking mice villages.
"The Big Cheese (a mouse general) tried to catch up to the hot dog with all the relish he could muster," read Wolfe.
The story Cunning read focused on a gigantic cat captured by a group of mice explorers and stuffed into a burlap sack.
"They took special care not to let the cat out of the bag," Cunning read.
After their reading, the hockey players fielded questions from pupils about their profession, including whether their teeth were real.
"I have all my real teeth, but we wear masks," Wolfe answered. "We're the only guys who wear masks."
Another third-grader accused the players of preventing him from getting a Chick-fil-A coupon, because they only scored four goals in a previous game.
Coupons are handed out whenever the Lynx score five goals in a single game.
"We don't score goals," Wolfe said. "You have to talk to the other guys about that one."
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