Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Jost Reads Book for Children

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Tyson Jost reacts after being selected tenth overall by the Colorado Avalanche during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Tyson Jost reacts after being selected tenth overall by the Colorado Avalanche during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost recently recorded a video of himself reading a book for elementary school students.

Colorado Avalanche players are keeping themselves busy during the hockey hiatus. Forward Tyson Jost is up in Alberta with his mother for the NHL season pause.

He hasn’t been terribly active on social media. He did release an Instagram video of his “Quarantine Nest” — I kid you not, he had an oversized Elvis afro.

Recently, Glenn Wilson put out a video called “Look Who’s Reading Now” at Leo Nickerson. It’s for the Leo Nickerson Elementary School in St. Albert, Alberta. The video is of St. Alberta native Tyson Jost reading a book for children.

At the beginning of the video, he explains his reason for producing the video:

"“Your teacher Mrs. McKinley is my wonderful auntie, and she asked me if I could read you one of the most influential books I have ever read in my childhood. So here it is. Wild About Books. Get ready for this ride.”"

How can Jost look so smug, like he’s about ready to crack up, yet still be a ham for the kids?

And now, for a light-hearted critique if the book reading.

So, first off, is it just me, or does Jost not know how to open a book? He opens it up to the center then struggles to manhandle his way close to the front.

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That’s ok. After finding the beginning of the book, he powers through. Indeed, he gets pretty excited that the librarian sat in the chair.

Side note: We are going to talk about how he doesn’t show the pictures to the kids watching the video at home. He’s only 22 years old, and has no children of his own, but everyone knows you show the pictures to the kids.

In fact, there’s a moment when he’s looking at the book and a page comes into view. He looks at the camera and… bats the page away. No getting to see the pictures for those kids!

We were going to give him props for saying “niches” correctly until I looked it up and realized there are two ways to say it — and he landed somewhere in between. (To be fair, I had to look it up, so that means I was saying it wrong, too.)

He actually does a really good job of keeping his audience’s engagement. His voice goes flat a couple times, but for the most part he reads with enthusiasm.

And personality:

"“She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without 👉🏼Harry Potter.”"

That said, we’re not going to talk about “llamas read dramas,” we’re really not. Chalk it up to an Albertan accent. In fact, I’ve hear how he pronounces “pasta,” so, yeah, the long “a” really is part of an accent.

During the reading, there were several times that he looked like he wanted to make a comment but he stopped himself. Finally, after the overdue books, he just couldn’t help himself anymore.

"“You gotta return those library books. Gotta do it.”"

I can attest to that. I’ve had a lot of overdue books in my time.

Later on, Tyson had to pause to think about what a haiku is. It’s ok — it’s a poetry form. And then Jost admits what had become increasingly obvious: “I’m like the gazelle. I can’t spell very well.”

It’s ok, Josty, you’re good at hockey. And you clearly have a post-hockey career with kids if you can power through 3 1/2 more years of college plus a semester for education… or, in the community. A hockey school, perhaps.

Finally, the book comes to an end. His gleefulness as he shuts the book — masterpiece.

I’m just going to throw this out there as a final bit of shade:

Cale know you’re supposed to show the pictures.

All kidding aside, what a sweet gesture. Sure, it took him all of five minutes to complete this task — 10 if you count the time it took him to cram the ‘fro under his hat.

He didn’t just do a stilted reading of the book, though. Yeah, he forgot to show the pictures to the kids. But he made interesting voices and even indulged in a couple comments.

I can just imagine so many of the players his age. They’d show willing to take a few minutes to read to kids. But you know most of them would look like they felt awkward.

Tyson Jost make it an experience for the kids. Like I said — it’s a sweet gesture.

Next. Jost and Compher Instruct Kids. dark

Well, hopefully he’ll have to be sandwiching his reading activities between Colorado Avalanche hockey if we can get the season resumed.