You may not know Bobby Butler, yet, but the 30-year-old was one of 14 forwards to be selected for the United States Olympic men’s hockey roster, which was revealed Monday at the Winter Classic.
Butler plays for the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL in the Nashville Predators organization. He has 130 games at the NHL level, but his proudest moment may be this exchange with his father after he broke the Olympics news to him.
We’re totally not crying, you are. Even so, what a moment for Butler and his father. Since the NHL backed out of the Olympics last year, minor league hockey players and college stars are going to make up the backbone of Team USA for the upcoming games.
These moments for players found off the beaten path in hockey would not have happened had NHL players gone to the Olympics, so this is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Butler and the rest of Team USA.