Nathan Walker made history Saturday night in the Washington Capitals 6-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens as the first Australian born player to play in the NHL. If that wasn’t special enough, he also scored his first goal in his first game.
The goal was initially credited to Devante Smith-Pelly, but after further review, it was changed to Walker. His family was in attendance for his first NHL game. Here’s their reaction after the arena announced the goal was Walker’s:
Prior to the game, the Capitals put together a video of other Australian professional athletes congratulating Walker on his debut.
Walker first made history in 2014 as the first Australian to be selected in the NHL draft by the Capitals. The forward has spent the past few years with the team’s AHL affiliate, Hershey Bears before cracking the Capitals lineup this year. Thanks to his performance the other night, it’s likely he’ll be sticking around.