Hockey Player’s Wife Goes Into Labor Before Game So Rival Lends His Truck So He Can Get To Her

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

If you or your kids have ever played sports, you know how hard it is to play fair and be kind to your opponent when you want to win.

Players can become aggressive and games can become ugly in a matter of minutes, especially in hockey.

But thankfully for one player, the game didn’t affect his rival’s sense of kindness and sympathy.

Milwaukee Admirals hockey player Pierre-Cédric Labrie woke up in the middle of the night on New Year’s Eve, just hours before a big game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

His wife was in labor.

He needed to get back to Milwaukee immediately, but he couldn’t find a flight or a ride that would get him there in time.

Luckily, Griffins goalie Tom McCollum was there to save the day. He lent Labrie his truck so that he could rush to his wife’s side and witness the birth of their son.

He made it just in time, too, with just minutes to spare!

“It was an adventure. I made it on time – 6:54 she delivered and I got there by 6:15, 6:20,” Labrie said.

The couple named their baby boy Lionel.

Now that’s what real sportsmanship — on and off the court — looks like!

Please SHARE if you’re thrilled that this man was able to witness the birth of his child, all thanks to one man’s kindness!

Footage and photos provided by WXMI Grand Rapids

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