A junior player celebrates his triple OT win by drinking a fan’s beer


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Hockey players are known to enjoy a grown-up drink or two after a big win.

But they generally wait until they have at least arrived at the locker room before giving themselves up.

This is not the case for Thomas Belgarde, a 20-year-old forward from the Acadie Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He couldn’t even wait that long to celebrate.

Belgarde grabbed a beer of a Titan fan seconds after stepping off the ice at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax and quickly gulping it down to celebrate his team’s 4-3 triple overtime playoff win over host Mooseheads – a team named from a brand of beer, naturally – Wednesday night.

A fan shot a video of Belgarde’s big beer moment and posted it to his social media account, where it quickly went viral.

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The Titan won 4-3 on a goal by Montreal Canadiens prospect Riley Kidney with less than four minutes left in the third overtime period. It was the longest game in the Mooseheads’ 28-year history, ending in 116 minutes and 14 seconds.

The game was so long that the QMJHL decided to change the deciding Game 5 of the first round series, moving it from Thursday in Bathurst to Friday night. The league made the change “for the welfare and safety of the players.”

It’s unclear if the junior league had a chat with Belgarde about his decision to tap a beer near the players’ bench to celebrate the big win.


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