Several members of the Ochapowace First Nation will be at Rogers Place in Edmonton Thursday night when the Oilers meet the Nashville Predators to see Ethan Bear make his NHL debut.
The 20 year old who calls Ochapowace home was called up from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Bakersfield Tuesday, but did not play against San Jose. He will play tonight though.
One of those who will be in attendance is Ochapowace Chief Margaret Bear.
She says it is a very exciting time for many within the First Nation east of Regina near Whitewood.
“Our First Nation is gleaming with joy and great pride.” Bear said. “This is a momentous event and we are truly so proud of him for achieving a goal that he had many, many years ago.”
Bear, who is not related to Ethan, says there will be about 20-25 members of the First Nation including his family at Thursday’s game with more expected for the Oilers home game Saturday against the New York Rangers.
She adds not only is Ethan a role model for youth at Ochapowace, but First Nations youth across Saskatchewan.