Four-time Stanley Cup winner Andre Pronovost knows a thing or two about memorable moments on the ice.
But watching his grandson, Red Wings rookie Anthony Mantha, net the first goal of his career left Pronovost in tears more than half a century after he donned the same jersey.
It was a special moment for the hockey family, as both of Mantha’s grandparents and his parents looked on from the stands.
Anthony Mantha puts in the first goal of his NHL career with his family watching in the stands.
Mantha was drafted 20th overall by the Red Wings in 2013 and was playing against the Montreal Canadiens for the first time Thursday night. He scored the fourth goal of the game off a rebound, which proved to be the game-winner in an eventual 4-3 Detroit victory.
After Mantha found the back of the net, cameras panned to the stands to capture his family’s reaction, and his grandfather was spotted with a look of genuine pride on his face and moisture in his eyes.
“It’s a great feeling,” Mantha told the Detroit Free Press. “I kind of had a feeling that the hockey gods were going to reward me after getting high-sticked twice in the first and second periods.”
Former Montreal Canadien Andre Pronovost, Mantha’s grandftather, was left in tears by the special moment.
Should the 21-year-old ever forget his first goal as his career moves forward, his family is making sure he has a way to memorialize it.
“(They’re) building something right now, with the stick and the puck. We’ll see how it ends up. I’ll put it in my room,” he said.