Survivor just kicked off its 39th season, and for the first time, Canadian residents were allowed to apply for the show.

The show premiered on September 25 with its first Canadian competitor, and it turns out, he’s a Brampton native.

61-year-old former National Hockey League (NHL) defenceman Tom Laidlaw is making history as the first Canadian and Bramptonian on the show.

Laidlaw spent 11 years in the NFL playing first for the New York Rangers from 1980 to 1986, then for the Los Angeles Kings from 1986 to 1990.

The Brampton., native now lives in Greenwich, Conn. His bio for “Survivor” says the three words that describe him are disciplined, dedicated and stubborn.

Laidlaw says he has the grit and smarts, including winning challenges and forming alliances, to win the show and that he’s will to “do whatever it takes to win.”

In this season of Survivor, castaways will compete for the $1-million prize and title of Sole Survivor on Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands.