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Celine Dion surprises fans at NHL Draft, announces Montreal Canadiens first-round pick

Celine Dion surprises fans at NHL Draft, announces Montreal Canadiens first-round pick
Celine Dion surprises fans at NHL Draft, announces Montreal Canadiens first-round pick

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Celine Dion showed up at the 2024 NHL Draft and surprised fans and players when she announced the Montreal Canadiens’ first-round pick.

During the event, held Friday at The Sphere in Las Vegas, Dion took the stage to reveal Ivan Demidov, an 18-year-old Russian hockey player, as the fifth overall selection.

Dressed in a chic white ensemble, the singer was accompanied by her 23-year-old son, Rene-Charles Angelil.

“To make our first 2024 selection, I am pleased to invite our biggest fan, the one and only, Céline Dion, to the stage,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said as he introduced the star, according to footage provided to “GMA” by the National Hockey League.

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“Good evening everyone. I’m excited,” Dion said after taking the stage. “With the fifth overall selection in the 2024 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens are proud to select Ivan Demidov.”

“It’s incredible. It’s like a book. Like a movie. I’m… me,” Demidov said at the press conference after the selection.

This was Dion’s first appearance since the release of her documentary “I Am: Celine Dion.”