Fan Of The Week: Penguins’ ‘Buckle Up Baby’

Tyler Avolia has been to five hockey games in his young life, but already he’s arguably the Penguins’ most famous fan, and without a doubt the cutest.

It all started with the Penguins’ catchy slogan this season, “Buckle Up Baby.” After Tyler’s enthusiasm from the stands was caught on camera just weeks ago, he’s defined the motto, literally becoming the Buckle Up Baby.

Although the footage isn’t from this past week’s game, Ty has recently gone viral with the GIF above. So what’s the intense reaction stemming from?

The footage is actually of Ty rocking out to music during a regular season game earlier this spring. After the clip was featured during the Pens’ second-last home telecast against the Flyers, someone created the GIF you see above, instantly making him an internet sensation.

“For Easter, we got him baseball stuff, but he’s still just interested in hockey. Everything goes back to hockey,” said Hilary Avolia, Ty’s mom, according to WTAE Pittsburgh (Video) .

Ty and his family were given free tickets to this last week’s Game 5 at the Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets in six games during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their next matchup is Game 1 of the conference semi finals against the Rangers Friday night at 7 PM EST.

Expect Ty to dominate the world in about 15 years.

Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports. @JHelmuth – “Like” on Facebook.


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