Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains makes Canucks debut against Colorado Avalanche


Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks this week against the Colorado Avalanche.
He is one of only four Punjabi players to play in the NHL, the others being Robin Bawa, Manny Malhotra and Jujhar Khaira.
The 23-year-old forward was called up to the NHL club last week from the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford, B.C., but did not play in Saturday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets, or in Monday’s game against the host Minnesota Wild.
Bains’ father was in attendance to watch his son’s performance, with Arshdeep talking after the game about the significance of having his dad in the crowd at Ball Arena.
“It’s every kid’s dream to make their dad proud,” Bains said.
Wishes poured in for him from everywhere before the game.
“The years and years of hard work from Arshdeep Bains has been leading to this… Tonight could mark his NHL debut during the #Canucks game! I know people in his hometown Surrey and across BC will join me in cheering him on,” said BC’s premier David Eby.
Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke said on her social media Platform X, “Amazing to see Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains added to the Canucks roster – and I hear that he could make his NHL debut tonight! This is an incredible moment not only for Arshdeep and for Surrey, but also for South Asians in the NHL. Congratulations on this incredible achievement, and know that Surrey is cheering you on!”
Randip Janda, host of Hockey Night Punjabi, while sharing Arshdeep Bains father’s pictures said, “Behind every kid’s NHL dream is the sacrifice of their parents. This is Arshdeep Bains’ father Kuldip, who is at every one of his son’s home games along with his wife Harvinder. Tonight, he’ll watch his son make his NHL debut in Denver. Congratulations to the Bains family.”
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at Ball Arena on Tuesday.