Fourth Punjabi to play in the NHL

Edwin  - CEO February 23, 2024
Updated 2024/02/24 at 2:17 AM
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Arshdeep Bains: The Canadian, whose parents are immigrants from Punjab, India, debuted for the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-1 loss to Colorado Avalanche



Arshdeep Bains of Vancouver Canucks fulfilled a lifelong dream when he stepped onto the ice for his National Hockey League (NHL) debut, becoming the only fourth Punjabi ice hockey player in history to play in the league, reports.


The 23-year-old forward from Surrey, Canada, had 13 minutes of ice time against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. He registered two shots on goal, three hits, and a block.


“For my life, I’ve tried to put my foot in the door at every level I’ve been to, and it’s no different here. According to CBC, it’s been a heck of a journey,” Bains said.


“It’s every kid’s dream to play for their hometown team. First stepping out there, it just feels like a dream. And then, when you get into your first shift … it’s like another hockey game. It was cool.”


Bains has been a Canucks fan since childhood. He was called up to the club last week from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Abbotsford, B.C, where he is enjoying a career-best season, having provided nine goals and 39 points in 42 games.


The forward with the Indian roots has already played his second NHL game. He was on the ice again for the Canucks when they lost 5-2 to Seattle Kraken on Thursday night (22 February).


Robin Bawa, Manny Malhotra, and Jujhar Khaira are the other three Punjabi players featured in the NHL.


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