LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WOOD) — When he was younger, Mike Booi spent countless hours at the Dairy Queen in Lake Odessa.
Booi’s first job was swirling cones and mixing Blizzards at the ice cream hot spot. Friday, he was the one asking for ice cream to fill his cup — a cup unlike any other.
“We were just driving down the road here and we just buckled the Stanley Cup in our back seat and I just kind of looked over at my wife and I said, ‘Is this really happening today?’” Booi recounted with a smile.
Booi is the assistant athletic trainer for the Washington Capitals, who celebrated their first Stanley Cup victory last month. This was Booi’s first year with the Capitals; as is tradition, every employee with the team gets a day with the cup.
Even though Booi now lives in Virginia, the Lakewood High School graduate’s first choice to celebrate the cup was in West Michigan with his family and a lot of soft serve ice cream.
“It’s still pretty surreal. It’s kind of hard to describe. I’m glad we got to come back to Lake O,” he said.
But the highlight in this summer of firsts for Booi was watching his 18-month-old daughter, Hayes, take her first taste of ice cream from the shining Stanley Cup. It took a few tries, but then she came back for more.
“It’s something you dream about as a kid. You never really actually think it will come to fruition, so when it finally does, it’s an amazing experience,” Booi said.
A memory even sweeter than he could have imagined.