Two days after agreeing to a contract with the Montreal Canadiens, Hopkinton’s Sean Farrell made his NHL debut Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers.
Despite not having practiced with the team, the left winger jumped in on the second line and played just over 13 minutes without recording a shot on goal in Montreal’s 3-2 loss. He wore jersey number 57.
“Obviously really excited,” Farrell said after the game, “a dream come true for me to play in the NHL.”
Farrell said his family and some friends were able to attend the game, and it was “really special to be able to share that moment with them.”
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He noted that the speed of the game is the biggest adjustment, although he’s skated with other NHL players during offseason workouts.
Farrell was a fourth-round pick of the Canadiens in the 2020 draft.
“Offensive talent, dynamic player,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis told reporters about Farrell after the game. “He’s done it at every level. This is the level where he’s going to have to show he can still do it.”
Farrell was playing for Harvard University less than a week ago. When the Crimson’s season ended with a loss in the NCAA tournament this past Friday, the 21-year-old made the move to go pro.