You are likely familiar with how quickly AI will soon begin to shape our classrooms. This has been the guiding idea behind a new initiative in my district that we are very excited to announce. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Montour School District will offer a new program in artificial intelligence (AI), providing students with a myriad of opportunities to explore and experience AI, using it to cultivate, nurture, and enhance initiatives aimed at increasing the public good. The new program, Montour AI, will be housed at David E. Williams Middle School. Just as AI hinges on the data collected, Montour AI's success will hinge on a collection of shared stakeholders including higher education scholars, community leaders, business executives, parents, and students.
As unappetizing as the prospect of starting the season without defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen is for the Ducks, Brandon Montour has shown it's not cause for panic. Lindholm practiced with the team for the first time Wednesday. Montour's "a young kid who's going to continue to have to improve … [and the heavy minutes are] part of the process," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after Montour played 22 minutes 28 seconds. "We want to make sure that when they hit the opening of the season, they're well grounded into game mode." Montour, 23, appeared in 27 games in his debut season, adding seven assists with a plus-12 rating in the playoffs.
When Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen were on the mend from offseason surgeries to repair torn labrums, the Ducks knew some younger defensemen would be forced into key minutes. Only general manager Bob Murray and coach Randy Carlyle couldn't have imagined how quickly -- and expertly -- one of those men would capitalize on his opportunity. Brandon Montour has been a revelation for the Ducks through 12 games, and even though Lindholm and Vatanen returned last week, the 23-year-old is still logging major ice time. That's partly because Cam Fowler went down with a knee injury last month, but also because Montour has been valuable to the team's offense. His four goals through Wednesday were tied for the NHL lead among blueliners, and it's double Montour's output from a season ago, when he made his NHL debut and played in 27 games.
Often it's the skating ability of Brandon Montour that gets their attention. Other times it's the instinct to know when to join the rush and when to back off. Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm don't seem old enough to reminisce, but they know a rising young defenseman when they see one, and Montour takes them back. "He's got all the skills, all the talent," Fowler said. "I see a little bit of me in him when I first came into the league."
A break in the Ducks' schedule finally allowed Brandon Montour to soak up the sunshine, figuratively and literally. Montour became a great call-up story over the weekend, when he was summoned from the Ducks' minor league affiliate Friday night for a game Saturday at the Tampa Bay Lightning and scored his first NHL goal. Montour, a defenseman who scored an overtime goal Friday for the San Diego Gulls in Ontario, Calif., caught a red-eye flight to Detroit, reconnected and later arrived in Florida about four hours before puck drop for the Ducks. "It was a whirlwind," Montour said in a phone interview from Tampa. "It was a long night, or morning I should say, but it was worth it.