Fans packed the stands at the Langley Event Center to see the Vancouver Giants host Regina Patz on Friday night, Nov. 25.
A sold-out crowd of 5,276 watched Pat captain Conor Bedard, a rising star and top NHL prospect, lead his team to a 3–0 win.
Former Giants netminder Drew Sim stole the show with a 47-save shutout when he returned to Vancouver.
At 17, Bedard is Pat’s youngest ever captain. The hottest name in the 2023 NHL Draft conversation and projected to be No. 1 overall, he’s generating sold-out crowds in nearly every game he plays.
At Langley, fans were willing to pay close to $200 on StubHub’s ticket resale market.
Dale Sipe, senior vice president of the Giants, said the demand to see Bedard was unlike anything he’d ever seen in a regular-season game in the Western Hockey League.
“It’s unheard of for a regular season game,” Sipe said. “It’s a good deal. I’ve been in this business for a long time, and in western Canada, [Connor] McDavid or Sydney]Crosby is coming to town.
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In the first period, on a power play, Borja Vallis opened the scoring for a putt at 12:47 and started a breakaway assisted by Stanislav Svozil and Alexander Suzdarev.
Tanner Howe added to Regina’s lead with a goal of 3:57 in the second with assists from Burris and Bedard.
In the third, Sam Oremba scored for the night with a shot from under the goal line with 11:04 remaining. Assisted by Ty Spencer and Tanner Brown.
Final score: Regina 3, Vancouver 0.
Giants’ Zak Ostapchuk was named Second Star.
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Fans’ next chance to meet Conor Bedard is at the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the LEC on January 25th.
Next, the Giants will host the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m.
The Giants were the winners in Spokane on Wednesday, November 23, ahead of Regina’s matchup.
The Giants and Chiefs traded goals all night, but Vancouver never trailed, scoring several power play goals in the third period to take a 6-4 lead.
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