Brian Patafie, fondly referred to as Canada's Original Enter-Trainer, presents 'Funny As Puck' at the Mack Theatre on May 23.
When he retired in 2021, Brian took the highlights of his life and career in hockey, from the minor leagues to the NHL and Germany’s DEL2 and created a standup routine he has performed to sold out audiences in Canada, the US and the UK.
Brian Patafie grew up in Greenwood Nova Scotia in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Following his University graduation in 1978 he ventured out for the next 44 years working as an athletic trainer in both the professional hockey and the junior hockey industry including a stint with the Halifax-based AHL Nova Scotia Voyageurs while working his way up to the NHL serving as the athletic trainer for the NHL Calgary Flames in the mid to late 90’s .
After retiring in 2021 Brian followed his passion for standup comedy and since that time he has performed in clubs, theatres and casino showrooms all over North America. In October of 2022 he reached what he calls the pinnacle of his new career when he went to share his stories on an eight-city, twelve-show comedy tour throughout the United Kingdom. On Thursday, May 23rd: Brian along with Vancouver-based comedian Milton NG and the Pride of Venezuela Hector Rivas will take to the stage at The Mack Theatre in Charlottetown for The Funny As Puck Tour Atlantic Edition, ninety minutes of continuous laughter about their hilarious life experiences and Brian will probably mix in a few hockey stories as well..
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