Blackhawks’ Darling goes extra mile for man in need on road trip
Scott Darling may have traveled a rough road to get to the NHL, but the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender made certain a complete stranger had an easier path to get back on his feet.
Darling was approached by a man asking for money recently while the Blackhawks were on a road trip in Arizona. The 27-year-old netminder elected to do more than just hand the stranger whatever loose change he had in his pocket, rather opting to pay for the man to stay in a hotel for a month.
Darling confirmed the story on Twitter before elaborating at Monday’s practice. Via the Chicago Tribune:
“I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That's kind of how it happened.”
With respect to Darling, there’s a bit more to the story.
Beer-league goaltender Kane Van Gate heard the version from an unidentified Uber driver in the Phoenix area, and was quick to tell the tale on Twitter.
Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people… pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F
— Kane Van Gate (@KVanGate38) February 8, 2016
Darling signed a two-year, $1.1 million deal last season after struggling through a public case of alcohol abuse during his time in the minor leagues.
Just paying it forward… Lucky to be in a position to help. https://t.co/3peoM1lWLu
— Scott Darling (@SDarling_33) February 8, 2016
The netminder has gotten his priorities in order, including getting engaged over the All-Star break.