The second-round series between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers drew a lot of attention, reigniting one of hockey’s most intense rivalries with their first playoff game in 31 years. However, it’s Ottawa Senators captain Brady Tkachuk who steals the show off the ice.
Although the Senators may not be in the playoffs, Brady vigorously cheered on his older brother Matthew throughout the Flames’ playoff run.
He was regularly shown in the crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome with the rest of the Tkachuk clan and was in the stands to support his brother when he scored his first postseason hat trick in the Flames’ savage 9-6 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night. .
“It shows how close a family we are. We all have fun with it. The most exciting thing is how pumped and improving (Matthew) is,” Brady said, according to Flames insider Eric Francis.
Tkachuk isn’t just having fun with this playoff series: he’s also getting an endorsement deal out of it. On Friday, Budweiser announced that it had signed Tkachuk as an ambassador, with Brady quickly sharing the big news on social media.
Before the first game, Brady was pictured walking up the stairs of the Saddledome sporting a natural hat trick of Budweiser beers, with one in his hand and one in each back pocket. That must have convinced Budweiser to make it an offer.
Last summer, Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov signed a deal with the beer brand. At his now-famous postgame press conference after the Bolts’ second straight Stanley Cup win, a shirtless Kucherov hilariously answered questions while drinking beers. A few days later, Bud Light signed him to a contract.
Let’s see if the Brady Beer Can can get Father Keith involved a little more in Game 2.
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