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Hundreds attend Bulldogs open practice in Brantford

Brantford BulldogsHundreds attend Bulldogs open practice in Brantford

Over 500 people attended the Hamilton (Brantford) Bulldogs open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

The Bulldogs held the open practice as a way to recognize Brantford for their support in providing a new home while the Bulldogs wanted to acknowledge Brantford in preparation for the re-location to Brantford, starting the 2023-24 season.

The band “Bar Code” welcomed fans to the Civic Centre with live music on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

During the event, residents had the opportunity to purchase select Brantford Bulldogs merchandise, including t-shirts, hoodies, toques and hats.

Julianna McEdwards, Madison Hannis and Jake Clanfield show off the new Brantford Bulldogs merchandise that was on sale during the Bulldogs open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Photo by Kimberly de Jong.

Several guests were in attendance, including Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, as well as councillors Richard Carpenter, Rose Sicoli, and Brian Van Tilborg.

Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, was all smiles during the Hamilton Bulldogs open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Bruiser, the Bulldogs long-serving mascot, was also in attendance to the delight of the young fans who came out to the Civic Centre.

Bruiser, the Bulldogs long-serving mascot, made a special appearance at the Bulldogs open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Photo by Kimberly de Jong.

The event kicked off with the players being introduced individually, saluting and recognizing their new fans before hitting the ice for practice.

Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Noah Roberts is introduced to fans during the open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Members of the coaching staff began practice with a stickhandling drill before moving on to a couple break-out drills. The hour-long practice concluded with the always popular shootout drill.

Hamilton Bulldogs centre Luca Testa protects the puck from assistant coach Andreas Karlsson during the open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Matteo Drobac stretches across to make a save during the open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

After practice, the players remained on the ice to take part in a question and answer session hosted by Reed Duthie,Manager of Broadcasting and Communications for Bulldogs.

Hamilton Bulldogs goalies Matteo Drobac and Tristan Malboeuf answers questions during the open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

The inaugural Bulldogs event in Brantford concluded with players posing for a group photo with fans.

Members of the Hamilton Bulldogs pose for a group photo with fans during the open practice in Brantford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

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