The Montreal Canadiens have offered a signed Nick Suzuki jersey to Hunter Bouparlant.
Hello, we're glad to hear Hunter is doing well!
Our friends @TricoloreSports would like to send him a Nick Suzuki jersey! Could you please open your direct messages so we can get your contact information?
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 11, 2022
A young Montreal Canadiens fan was bounced from Scotiabank Arena Saturday night because he refused to surrender a hockey stick gifted to him by Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki during warmups.
Prior to the Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, Suzuki noticed a young Montreal Canadiens fan with a sign asking him for a selfie and a puck.
Nick Suzuki skated over to the boards and tossed a puck to the fan, Hunter Bouparlant, but Hunter ended up with a fat and bloody lip when he failed to reel in the puck and it hit him in the mouth. Suzuki wasn’t about to let that be Hunter’s lasting memory of the exchange. The Montreal Canadiens forward then took the selfie with Hunter and gifted him a hockey stick.
Unfortunately though, the staff at Scotiabank Arena ruined the magical moment for Hunter when they forced him and his Dad, Steven, to either surrender the stick from Suzuki or leave the arena. According to Steven, they were told the stick was considered a dangerous weapon. Obviously a meaningless game for the Montreal Canadiens was less important than a hockey stick from Nick Suzuki and the father and son left with the stick.
#NickSuzuki #14ClassAct @CanadiensMTL
Thanks Nick for taking a selfie & making sure Hunter was ok after he didn’t catch the puck you tossed him😂He loves the stick, puck autograph & Fat Lip😉A memory that will last a lifetime. Had to leave the game cause the stick wasn’t aloud🤣 pic.twitter.com/jtUoWRGxjM
— Steven Beauparlant (@SBeaups4) April 10, 2022
There has been no public comment on the incident from the Toronto Maple Leafs or Scotiabank Arena but on Monday morning, longtime TSN Montreal Canadiens reporter John Lu tweeted that the Canadiens were going to address what happened to Hunter.
— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) April 11, 2022