New York Islanders: Soldier Surprises Son During Game
The New York Islanders won in an exciting game yesterday, keeping their Metropolitan Division lead. Although, the best moment yesterday didn’t happen on-ice.
Yesterday, the New York Islanders had an exciting come from behind win against the Colorado Avalanche. The game went into overtime, and the Islanders ended up winning 4-3 thanks to Ryan Pulock.
In a game that started slow, it was exciting to see a comeback and an overtime win. Despite the game picking up towards the end, that wasn’t nearly the best part of the Saturday matinee.
During a stoppage, the Islanders did one of their various segments on the scoreboard as any other team does. It appeared to be another regular trivia game with a child trying to win a prize, but this time it was different.
The question that was asked to Max was “When was the Islanders inaugural season?” 1953, 1972, and 1999 appeared on the screen and it was Max’s job to find the right answer from there. For a young kid knowing 1972 right away was amazing in itself.
Max, surely knows his Islanders hockey and winning a big screen TV is an awesome experience for him too. That was only the beginning.
Max was told to turn around, and walking through the curtain was his father, Christopher who is in the National Guard. Christopher and Max embraced and the crowd went wild, it was truly a special moment that the Isles helped orchestrate.
I was at the game yesterday, and the crowd ate this up. I’ve never seen a “coming home” moment like this in person, only in videos. As great and emotional as those videos are, it’s even better in person. I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the building.
The pure joy on both the boy and father’s faces are truly special. Shoutout to the Islanders for getting this great moment for a father and son. Plus they got to see an Islanders win to boot.