By: Bryce Doiron
When Canadian actor Jay Burachel was writing his book about his experience as a fan ofÂ the Montreal Canadiens, he gave himself a daily target.
â€œThe problem was when I would put out 3,000 words on a computer, I had nothing left to say to anyone,â€ said the Canadian actor.
Apparently, that was not so fun for his fiancÃ©.Â â€œI would emerge from the basement after eight hours of just being a little computer trollÂ and then she would ask me what should we have for dinner and I would just be like, IÂ write book,â€ said Burachel as the audience laughed.
This was one of many stories Burachel shared Nov. 7 at Holland Collegeâ€™s FlorenceÂ Simmons performance hall in Charlottetown. Burachel was promoting his new book,Â Born Into It: A fanâ€™s life.
The event was a question and answer session hosted by CBC P.E.I.â€™s Island MorningÂ hosts Matt Rainnie and Mitch Cormier.
â€œWe were just cast in Goon Three: Theyâ€™ve let themselves go,â€ Cormier said joking.
Rainnie, a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, gave credit to those who arrived dressed inÂ their Canadiens hats, jerseys and shirts.
â€œWell, you are dressed for the occasion,â€ he said to those waiting in the lobby.Â Burachel was also dressed for the occasion, sporting a Canadiens ball cap, which hasÂ made some big screen appearances.
â€œWhen you came on scene in This Is The End wearing that hat, I will even admit, it wasÂ pretty cool,â€ said Rainnie.
Burachelâ€™s passion for the Canadiens has created many stories, including one about HabsÂ owner Jeff Molson and legendary tough guy Chris Nilan.
â€œI was hosting the Just for Laughs gala and was getting ready to go back on stage andÂ someone stopped me and said oh wait, thereâ€™s this little video thing.â€
A video played of Molson congratulating Burachel on the gig and naming him aÂ honourary captain of the team.
â€œI was like thatâ€™s pretty cool, not something you see every day,â€ said Burachel.
At that moment Chris Nilan emerged on stage with a special jersey.
â€œI then got down on my knees and hailed like Wayne and Garth, then guilt tripped theÂ audience for not cheering what I though was an adequate amount for Chris Nilan.â€
Burachel is still a little star struck about the whole thing.
â€œThe fact that I can text Chris Nilan is a pretty cool thing.â€
Burachel was also once a season ticket owner at the Bell Centre in Montreal until work demanded too much travel.