Get ready to feel all the feels. Vancouver Canucks player Troy Stecher scored a game-changing goal during his team's playoff game on Wednesday, August 11. While the goal was legendary, it's his tribute to his late father that's been hitting fans right in the heart.
The Canucks were tied 2-2 against the St. Louise Blues when Stetcher scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the playoff game. The Canucks eventually took the victory with a 5-2 win.
Right after his goal, the 26-year-old emotionally pointed to the sky and uttered a few words. The gesture was a tribute to his late father, Peter Stecher, who passed away on Father's Day, June 21, 2020.
In a quote shared by the Canucks twitter account, Stecher talked about the tribute. "I miss my dad every day. It was a big goal at a crucial time in the game. I had a couple seconds there to reflect on my dad."
According to Grand Forks Herald, Stecher said that the last couple of months have "been tough."
But he's grateful to have his teammates support him through the process.
The young player appreciated how everyone on the bench and the ice showed their support.
More than just a goal. 💙 Troy Stecher's game-winner was definitely the @RemaxWesternCan #Canucks Move of the Game. https://t.co/YZV7UhGz0b— Vancouver #Canucks (@Vancouver #Canucks)1597334400.0
Reactions have poured in from all across the board. Fellow Canucks, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, and Jake Virtanen all reshared the post with heart emojis.
Grand Forks Herald reported that following the tribute, Pettersson wanted to hug his teammate right away. Is it getting misty in here?
After scoring tonight’s game-winning goal, @troystecher pointed to the heavens. His late father’s necklace hangs in… https://t.co/yYK0OGVnds— Vancouver #Canucks (@Vancouver #Canucks)1597297446.0
"I miss my dad every day. It was a big goal at a crucial time in the game. I had a couple seconds there to reflect… https://t.co/33i4ZxGiej— Vancouver #Canucks (@Vancouver #Canucks)1597296924.0
Fans have been in shambles following the tribute.
"That totally made me tear up when I was watching the game and they made the announcement," said one fan.
Another said, "I'm not crying over this still, you're crying."
"Eyes are sweating real bad," said another hockey fan.
"Alright whoever TF is cutting onions in my basement needs to stop that right now," was the reaction for another commenter.
The tribute was so beloved that Remax selected it as their "Move Of The Game," as revealed by the Canucks.