12/24/2016 10:20 AM
8. Bob Nevin and Ric Nattress visits the Beast
Question: Why do the Montreal Canadiens have an incredibly enduring and passionate fanbase?
Is it because of their unmatched record of on-ice success? Is it because of their long history of playing a brand of hockey that favours speed and skill? Or is it because a constellation of the greatest superstars in NHL history have donned the bleu, blanc and rouge?
In truth, each of these answers account for why the Canadiens have been blessed with legions upon legions of fans.
There is another reason why Montreal has been remarkably successful in inspiring tremendous fan loyalty that cannot go unstated. A case can be made that no professional hockey franchise does as good as a job as the Canadiens at providing fans with occasions to foster connections with the important figures of the game.
Montreal hosts numerous in-game ceremonies and community events every season to give its followers a chance to interact with the legends that have contributed to Habs lore. Fans treasure these opportunities as it makes them feel like they are a part of a special hockey community.
The Beast organization has been striving to follow in the Canadiens footsteps by giving fans a chance to meet hockey greats.
Two Stanley Cup Champions have already made appearances at Beast games a third of the way through the season.
Former Habs Defenseman Ric Nattress was the guest of honour at the Brampton Beast’s Montreal Canadiens Day festivities that were hosted on October 18th. Nattress, a Stanley Cup Champion with the Calgary Flames in 1989, completed the ceremonial faceoff and he signed fan autographs at intermission time.
Three-Time Cup Champion (1962-1964) Bob Nevin of the Toronto Maple Leafs was one of the many special guests that the Beast welcomed to their Kotak Law Military Appreciation game. Nevin stood shoulder to shoulder with Nainesh Kotak of Kotak Personal Injury Law, David Macdonald of Wounded Warriors Canada and members of the Canadian military to partake in the ceremonial faceoff.
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