Grand Rapids Griffins goalie Tom McCollum will always try and stop Pierre-Cedric Labrie's shot but, off the ice, he went beyond any routine save to help out a first-time father.
Labrie, a left winger with the Milwaukee Admirals, was in Grand Rapids for a New Year's Eve game against the Griffins when he got that call from partner Jana Pieuze-Roy at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
Labrie had few options to get back - flying wouldn't get him back in time, private rides or chaffeurs were impossible to get and, plus, there was a snow storm in the Milwaukee area.
That's where McCollum came in.
A story from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described the sequence in which McCollum provided one of his biggest saves.
A stressed-out Labrie gave a call across the hotel room to Admirals teammate Mark Zengerle, a former Griffin, looking for suggestions. Zengerle said to call McCollum, widely known as one of the good guys in hockey.
What? Help out an opponent like Labrie, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound veteran tough guy who routinely goes over a 100 penalty minutes a year?
McCollum, still en route from a game in Cleveland, arranged for Labrie to pick up his nearby Ford F-150. Within an hour, Labrie was on his way and, after battling through the snow storm, arrived at the hospital at 6:15 a.m. CST. At 6:54, the couple greeted a son, Lionel.