A couple of celebrities were spotted in Niverville Monday night.
Past and present NHL goaltenders Trevor Kidd and Connor Hellebuyck attended Steinbach Pistons’ annual Fire and Ice Banquet at the Heritage Centre.
The well-attended event entertained with both goalies sharing stories from their careers and educating the audience on their preferred hockey equipment.
Winnipeg Jet Connor Hellebuyck was eloquent in his analysis of the event and engaging the community as a whole. “It’s awesome to see the community that we’re impacting,” says Hellebuyck, “and being able to see the lives that go on around the city.”
Dugald, Manitoba’s own Trevor Kidd, who currently works as a Winnipeg Jets’ analyst, was also on hand and entertained with anecdotes from a full NHL career. Surprisingly, one of his stories on the night was an unfolding one, as he admitted to never having met the Jets’ goaltender despite being an analyst that covers his team.
Additionally, the audience learned that the goaltenders shared a preference for the number 37. Hellebuyck cited previous Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, as the impetus for selecting 37 as his number. That was until Kidd mentioned wearing the same number, to which Hellebuyck replied, “well maybe it was because of you”, amusing the crowd.
Hellebuyck was humble when commenting on the communities surrounding the city he plays for. “It kind of brings me down to earth,” he says, “and allows me to see a bit better, this side of life.”