“Hockey is for Everyone” — so the typically a generic statement with no meat behind it goes. The catchphrase is often used to declare that the sport of hockey is accepting of everyone’s sexuality (and/or race). However, in this case, the Los Angeles Kings and rookie-superstar-in-the-making Quinton Byfield are able to backup the fun phrase with actual action.
On January 24, a young boy showed up in support of the Kings at their game against the New York Rangers. His name: Quinton Byfield.
A beautiful reminder of why representation matters.— NHL (@NHL) January 25, 2022
Seeing players like @byfield55 in the NHL helps inspire the next generation of Black athletes. If your name just so happens to ALSO be Quinton Byfield... that's just amazing. ❤️ #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/GmcNVEzYHd
The younger Byfield’s sign earned him the attention of his hero and a puck.
On February 1, NHL Network arranged a video chat surprise for the younger Byfield that included an invitation to him and his family to see a home game.
Check out all the crazy Quinton-edences below as the NHL star explains his first real-life encounter with younger namesake.
Big @byfield55 surprises little Quinton Byfield! @LAKings | #NHLNow pic.twitter.com/GllGoDyLmE— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) February 1, 2022