Watch as Washington Capitals’ forward Nathan Walker gets credit for his first goal. The goal was originally credited to Devante Smith-Pelly. Walker’s family was in attendance from Australia and found out in a peculiar way.
He also became the first Australian to score an NHL goal, as he wound up getting credit for a marker originally given to teammate Devante Smith-Pelly. (See the goal at the top of this post.)
Walker had plenty of his fellow countrymen cheering him on as he made his NHL debut. The Capitals posted a video on Twitter earlier Saturday featuring several well-known Aussies from around the pro sports world—including golfers Jason Day and Adam Scott, NBA stars Thon Maker and Andrew Bogut, pitcher Grant Balfour, and several active and retired NFLers—saying g’day and wishing him well as he prepared to make history.
It’s a pretty awesome video—good on ya, mates!—but perhaps the best part is at the end, when Australia’s ambassador to the United States gets on camera.
Walker first made hockey history back in 2014 when he was the first Australian to be drafted to the NHL (third round, 89th overall).