Detroit Red Wings’ David Booth Knows God Is in Control
Booth Tells Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine That, With Christianity, Joy Comes in All Circumstances
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Detroit Red Wings have seen a skid this season, with a 10-game winless streak (0-9-1) since the end of last month. But the team is hoping that even though March came in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.
Booth, a Michigan native, made his NHL debut in 2006 and played for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs before returning home to Detroit. He is involved with FCA Hockey, takes part in biweekly Huddle calls with other professional players, and helps lead biweekly Huddle discipleship calls with junior players.
Quite literally, Booth shared, hockey was part of his life from the moment he came into this world. In fact, while his mom, Karen, was in labor, his dad, Michael, was watching a Detroit Red Wings game at the hospital. His parents, both avid Red Wings fans and season-ticket holders, played a key role in developing David’s love for hockey.
“More importantly, though, they helped lay the foundation for my walk with Jesus, too,” Booth said. “That established an identity early, understanding morality and what truth was, which really helped me later in life. The Bible talks about training kids when they’re young and giving them a foundation. When you’re told the truth, and when you live by the truth, that’s something that cannot be taken away from you. That’s what happened to me. I didn’t have to find pleasure or happiness in things that I could lose. What was so attractive about Christianity is that your joy comes in all circumstances. And I found a lot of joy playing hockey.”
Like many hockey-playing kids in Michigan, Booth knew how hard it was to make it to junior hockey, college, the minor leagues and—last but not least—the NHL.
“Knowing that,” Booth shares, “I was never really focused on the NHL as my ‘end goal.’ I just really enjoyed the game. I loved playing with my friends. I knew God was in control of everything, so He had a plan for my life and whatever was going to happen in hockey.”
When the time came for college, Booth was pursued by Michigan, but also visited Michigan State, which offered him a full scholarship, and he accepted. There, he became involved with Athletes in Action, and his faith matured.
In November 2006, Booth made his NHL debut with the Panthers, and his family was there to celebrate. At first, he had a tough time fitting in with the older NHL players he once watched on TV as a kid.
“That was tough to do back then, but I always knew I had my family and my faith as my support,” Booth recalls. “Jesus Christ accepts us no matter where we’re at or who we are. That was comforting, and that’s what kept me going, continuing to see His favor in my life. Now, a decade into my NHL career that has spanned four different teams, I can say that I’ve truly been blessed by the relationships I’ve made with teammates and the things I’ve experienced as a professional athlete.”
The March/April 2018 issue also includes a feature and devotional with top broadcaster Ernie Johnson, “6 Questions” with SEC and ESPN broadcaster Maria Taylor, a Q&A with Abilene Christian basketball coach Julie Goodenough and player Sierra Allen, and a story on FCA Lacrosse’s work in Ukraine.
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