The familial torch has now officially been passed.
On Thursday night, facing the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings rookie Anthony Mantha recorded his first NHL goal. With 15 loved ones in attendance, he made one of them particularly proud—his 79-year-old grandfather, Andre Pronovost.
The rebound power-play score, which proved to be the eventual game-winner in a 4-3 victory, was met with thunderous applause and the swarming of teammates.
But Pronovost stood still.
With tears in his eyes, the four-time Stanley Cup champion regarded his grandson in awestruck silence, committing the moment to both real and digital memory.
Undoubtedly, it will remain a day that neither of them will ever forget.
[NHL, h/t The Score]