The Estevan Bruins' season opener at home against the Melville Millionaires was a night to remember, and it was especially sweet for forward Brendan Hunchak, who not only contributed to the team's victory but also scored the first goal of the season.
In an interview on Rock 106, Brendan Hunchak shared his excitement about joining the Estevan Bruins, his experience in the home opener, and his journey back to the ice after facing adversity.
"It's a pleasure to be here. I've heard so many good things about this place," Brendan expressed about his arrival in Estevan. He noted that his friend from Kamloops and assistant captain Owen Barrow had shared positive experiences about the team and the town, making him eager to get started.
Friday night's home opener was a memorable one for Hunchak, who scored the first goal of the season for the Estevan Bruins. The atmosphere in the arena was electric, with a packed crowd enthusiastically supporting the team. Brendan described the moment as significant, saying, "Getting that goal means a lot. I'm happy I could have celebrated with my new teammates, so that was fun too."
Brendan Hunchak's journey to this point has not been without its challenges. He spent the last two years dealing with season-ending injuries while playing in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips. Despite the setbacks, his passion for hockey remained undiminished. "Hockey is something that I've always wanted to do. It's a passion for me," he shared. Joining the Estevan Bruins was a natural choice for him, and he expressed his happiness at being able to return to the ice with such a talented team.
Looking ahead, Hunchak expressed confidence in the team's abilities and their upcoming matchups, particularly against Hwy. 39 rivals, the Weyburn Red Wings. "It's going to be a battle," he stated. "I've heard a lot about the rivalry, and I'm going to say we're not going to lose this year."
The Estevan Bruins will face the Weyburn Red Wings in 2 highly anticipated matchups. Friday at home at Affinity Place and Saturday in Weyburn at Crescent Point Place. Both games start at 7 p.m. with Saturday's game being broadcast on Rock 106.
In response to Canada's Online News Act and Meta (Facebook and Instagram) removing access to local news from their platforms, DiscoverEstevan encourages you to get your news directly from your trusted source by bookmarking this page and downloading the DiscoverEstevan app.