In his return to Montreal, for the first time since being traded on July 1st to Vancouver; Prust suited up, a little differently than he’s probably used to. Unable to play due to injury, the 31 year old forward, who played 3 seasons for the Canadiens, treated Montreal’s youth to a night they’ll never forget.
Through the Brandon Prust Foundation, Prusty4Kids, Prust and his fiancé Maripier Morin, hosted more than 30 sick and underprivileged children in a super suite at the Bell Centre. While the children enjoyed food, beverages and hockey, Prust posed for selfies, and signed autographs.
“I started the Brandon Prust Foundation through a program at the children’s hospital in my hometown,” explained Prust. “The children’s hospital has always been close to my heart, helping kids is important to me. They’re so great and inspiring and tough, so helping them is something I’ve always tried to do.”
He continues to give back to the community that’s he’s no longer a part of.
For the children, this is a night they will always remember. “This is the best night of my life,” shouted one boy, holding on tightly to his autographed photo of Prust. I wish you still played here,” said another young girl. Despite no longer being a part of the Canadiens, he still remains a fan favorite in Montreal. He even received a roaring ovation from fans during the 2nd period when he was shown on the scoreboard.
“And that’s what it’s about,” said Prust. “Giving them a night where they can just be kids, have a good time and not worry about anything!”