When Nathan Walker makes history tonight as the first Australian national to play in the NHL, he’ll have plenty of people from across the pond supporting him in the crowd. In addition to Australian ambassador Joe Hockey, Walker will have numerous family members and friends cheering for him among the masses of red sweaters.
Walker’s parents, brother, and fiancee all made the trip to Washington to see Walker play in his very fist NHL game. In an interview before the game, Walker expressed his excitement that so many people had come to support him, saying that “it’s a really special moment.”
Nathan Walker’s crew here for his @nhl debut! #GdayNate🇦🇺 #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/LZlgH7Ux12
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 7, 2017
Walker’s mom Ceri also spoke to the media at Kettler ahead of the game. When asked about what it was like to finally be able to see her son achieve his dream, she was visibly emotional.
“I could cry at any minute. I’m very emotional today. It’s been a long time coming and we’re all just so proud of Nathan,” she said.
“His dedication, and his hard work. All of the opportunities that he’s missed, not being home… we only had one Christmas with him. The Christmases that we could spend with him, we did, but he’s given up so much. It’s an absolute dream come true. I’m almost scared the world will stop spinning when he gets on the ice this afternoon.”
You can watch the proud mom’s interview below.
Here is Nathan Walker's mum, Ceri, talking about watching her son make his NHL debut. #Caps pic.twitter.com/VeeQ72wgdB
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikNBCS) October 7, 2017
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