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:
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“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.