On January 1, 2018, 30-year-old hockey player Bobby Butler received the news of a lifetime: he was going to be in the 2018 Olympics!
While this is exciting news for any athlete, it was especially surprising for Butler who hasn’t played for the NHL since 2014.
Currently, Butler plays for the Milwaulkee Admirals (part of the smaller American Hockey League or AHL) as a forward. Turns out that the NHL is not taking part in this year’s Olympics Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea so that the 2017-18 season is not interrupted, making this Butler’s lucky year.
Butler, of course, is extremely excited, but there’s someone who is arguably even more excited than him.
Shortly after receiving the news, Butler approached his father to have what appeared to be a regular conversation.
Yet, as they shook hands, Butler informed his father of the news and his face instantly lit up as he went in for an enormous hug.
As they hugged, Butler’s teammates and coaches cheered and banged their stick on the ice in applause, showing that they’ll have his back even when he’s thousands of miles away.
The Milwaulkee Admirals posted the video on Twitter where it has over 20,000 likes and over 5,000 retweets. Not bad for a minor league team!
— Milwaukee Admirals (@mkeadmirals) January 1, 2018
Representing your country in the Olympics is a huge responsibility, but Butler can rest easy knowing that he’s already made at least one person very, very proud!