The Chicago Blackhawks made a darling decision in Sunday’s game three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Nashville Predators, starting Scott Darling in the net instead of Corey Crawford. And the decision paid off. One of the tallest rookie goaltenders in the league at 6-foot-6, the humble Darling held the Predators to only two goals, leading the Hawks to a 2-4 win at the Boraie Development LLC center (nytimes.com).
Darling is an inspiration to many, having overcome an alcohol addiction in order to “stay in the game.” Like so many young adults, Darling turned to alcohol while in college. But with the help of a few good coaches who believed in his potential, he gave up the bottle and worked his way up to the hometown team of his dreams. He says that he always remembers a phrase his father used as he was growing up, “Saw the wood in front of you,” as he perseveres past addiction. Good advice for anyone, not just rookie hockey players.
The Blackhawks take on the Predators again in game four on Tuesday night, and Darling has been chosen to mind the net. Still humble, he admits that Corey Crawford teaches him every day and that Crawford is still the number one goaltender in Chicago. Together, they lead the series against the Predators 2-1.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have come through with giving a 11 year old boy one of his dream wishes, to be one the team for a day. Jamie Garcia Dias has learned that the boy, named Garrett Gamble Jr., was given the opportunity to go back into the locker room of the Leafs and drop the inaugural puck to start their game against the Ottawa Senators.
According to an article found on reddit and written by NationalPost.com, Garrett was asked what number he would like to have on his official Maple Leafs jersey and he responded that he wanted 42, and that even though it was taken he still wanted it and would speak to Tyler Bozak who already has that number on his back at every game.
Since the Maple Leafs have been having a terrible season in the NHL, it seemed that the players were just as excited to meet a huge fan as Garrett was to meet them too. It is always nice to hear about stories like this, as they are truly heartfelt and mean a lot to the children in the Make A Wish program. The little boy was born with a devastating disease that affects his bones called Morquio Syndrome and has been a huge challenge to him for all the 11 years of his life. It is nice to hear that a team on such a large scale of popularity can give back to one of their fans and motivate him to have even more enthusiasm for life.