First-Ever Arizonian Will Play For US Men's Hockey Team In Olympics

Every Olympian takes his or her own unique journey to athletic stardom on the world's biggest stage. Some train from the time that they can walk; others become prodigies by picking up and ascending to the highest levels of a sport within a matter of months. Some follow in the footsteps of their parents; others surprise their families by forging an unexpected path.


Broc Little, who will compete for the United States in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, has a story that is in some ways expected, and in others rather miraculous. You see, Broc is an ice hockey player... from Arizona. When he skates out for his first match on February 14th against Slovenia, the 29 year old will become the first native of his home state to play for the United States men's hockey team.

Broc Little, second from right, age age 4 learning to play hockey at a Phoenix Roadrunners school at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

1
(Photo: Don Little)

There's a reason that so many players in the National Hockey League are from places like Boston (if they're American), Canada, Russia, and other Eastern European countries: access to lots of ice! In Phoenix, where Broc grew up, there weren't many places where a kid could strap on ice hockey skates and train. But that didn't stop Broc, who is the son of a hockey fan from Boston, from pursuing his dream of playing. As a kid, Broc would roller skate until the wheels wore down. His parents would shuttle him to other cities to play at their ice rinks. And eventually, when Broc's skill became too impressive to ignore, the family relocated back to Boston to help him follow his dream.

Broc was a star on his high school hockey teams, and went on to an impressive four years at Yale, despite his relatively small size (5'9" and 170 pounds). After a short stint in the training leagues for the NHL, Broc decided to pursue more playing time at a higher level in Europe.

Broc Little grew up in Phoenix, where ice hockey rinks are understandably scarce. This month, he'll skate out for his country in the Olympics!

(Photo: USA Hockey)

While it was disappointing for Broc to not go to the NHL, it ended up being the key to his ultimate trip to the Olympics. Because this year, for the first time since 1994, the NHL has declined to halt its season and send its athletes to the Olympics. So the U.S. men's team recruited Americans playing overseas—including Broc! We wish the best of luck and will be rooting for Broc, who didn't let anything in his story slow down his dream!

Photos via AZ Central. To read more inspiring stories like this one, visit our Facebook page and subscribe to our Only Good News newsletter!

These Brave Females Will Inspire You To Face Your Fears!

Did you know today is National Face Your Fears day? What are you afraid of? Today is the day to conquer them.

The Joy Riders aren't afraid of much. The all female, international skydiving and base jumping team fall through the sky for fun. They represent joy, passion, inspiration, and work to motivate their audience to go after what they want most in life.

So, today, go out and face your fears!

Beat The Fear With Joe Leonardo Series Preview

Did you know there are 40 million Americans who suffer from some form of anxiety? Still, there are even more are just dealing with everyday stress. Along with a new guest every episode, comedian Joe Leonardo explains how to make the best of a stressful/anxious situation and give us tips to deal with our anxiety and stress. On this episode, Joe talks with Tristan Miller as they walk over the Queensboro Bridge and face Joe's fear of heights. For FULL SERIES, visit http://www.onlygood.tv/ !

Keep reading... Show less
Staff Picks

Food Rescue US

New from OnlyGood.tv! Food Rescue US is a free app based organization that rescues unused food from supermarkets, restaurants, corporations and other entities that produce or serve food. Watch how volunteers use the Food Rescue US app to make sure this food gets to people in need. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

Start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less

A Dog's Journey Home - Episode 6

New from OnlyGood.tv! In A Dog's Journey Home, Episode 6, see the dedicated Tracy's Dogs team in action, led by Tracy and Scott Whyatt, as they work tirelessly to save the lives of thousands of dogs and find them proper homes across the country. We join Tracy and her tech team as they go through the gut wrenching process of selecting the small number of dogs they are able to rescue from an already overcrowded shelter. The team has their hands full, in one case with a large litter of puppies, getting them all settled and cared for. There is lots to do as they prepare the dogs for their upcoming trip to meet with the owners of their new forever homes in Indianapolis, Indiana. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

To see all of the Dog's Journey Home episodes, start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less

The Weekly Good - Episode 19

New from OnlyGood.tv! TV personality and mother of 2, Marysol Castro shares stories that highlight the good in the world! This week Marysol shares feel-good stories including one about Julia Alexander's giving spirit and story of survivorship and how she helps other kids affected by cancer. She then turns the spotlight on LiveGirl, a nonprofit Girl Empowerment organization helping to create the next generation of female leaders through positivity and support. Marysol also speaks 1-1 with the stars of OGTV's A Little Joy and Judy who deliver home cooked meals to people going through hard times. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

Start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less

Skinny Pig

New from OnlyGood.tv! In 2001, Dara Pollak was an aspiring dancer in NYC when she was tragically hit by a car. Her leg was shattered and so were her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. While recovering from her accident, Dara found comfort in watching cooking shows and she soon discovered a new passion: food. She launched The Skinny Pig (www.theskinnypignyc.com) in 2008--a blog dedicated to recipes, cooking tips and restaurant reviews. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

Start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less

A Little Joy and Judy - Episode 3

New from OnlyGood.tv! In this new uplifting series, twin sisters Judy Vig and Joy Paoletti deliver home-cooked meals to people going through hard times. Watch Joy and Judy cook up one of their favorite dishes, Chicken Sorrento, and then stop by to comfort Tweed, who had recently lost her husband, Dave, to cancer. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

Start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less

The Weekly Good - Episode 18

New from OnlyGood.tv! TV personality and mother of 2, Marysol Castro shares stories that highlight the good in the world! This week Marysol shares feel-good stories including a man with Asperger's who wrote a children's book about his journey from loneliness to happiness and a family-run farm that supports its community with physical products and charitable donations. Marysol also speaks 1-1 with cancer survivor and aspiring singer Caly Bevier, star of the OGTV series, Caly On The Good. Watch the full video now on OnlyGood.tv!

Start your FREE TRIAL today!

Keep reading... Show less
Exclusive New Videos
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood.tv

mailbox

Get your Only Good Newsletter