Sochi: former player turned actor surprised Canada hockey team

Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch stopped in Canada House after stop to promote Lone Survivor

It was Canada Day at Canada Olympic House on Friday which means anyone with a Canadian passport was allowed in. And all those present got a surprise when they saw actor Taylor Kitsch in the lineup.

He arrived from Moscow where he had been promoting his film Lone Survivor and  he flew into Sochi on Thursday night to catch the end of the Canada-Norway men’s hockey game.

Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and he played junior ice hockey for the Langley Hornets in the British Columbia Hockey League, before a knee injury ended his career.

“It’s been great, it’s been really great,” he told The Canadian Press “and I know a couple of guys on the (Canadian hockey,ed) team so we’ll go see them tonight. We saw them last night. Then I’m going to see two (games,ed) tomorrow and hopefully one on Sunday. I have to leave Sunday night. The visa won’t let me stay any longer,” he complained “I would have stayed way longer”.

Russia 8Kitsch chatted with fans and happily posed for photos.

The 32-year-old actor makes his home in Austin, Texas where he shot for five years the football series Friday Night Lights whit friend and director Peter Berg (with him also in Battleship and now in Lone Survivor).

Kitsch is a friend of Team Canada and New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.

“I did a film in New York City” said Kitsch ” and we just ran into each other. We’re just big fans of one another. Man, I grew up playing hockey. I played 20 years. As we all know, hockey is life up there. This is a dream come true, especially just to be in Russia. Pretty incredible”.

Few days ago, in Moscow, where he  promoted his latest film Lone Survivor, was given to him a statuette of a hockey player and Kitsch took several photos around the city proud of that gratitude.

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