If you need another reason to be a fan of Scott Darling, here's a new one.
A Twitter user named Kane Van Gate, a beer-league goaltender, posted a story Sunday evening of the Blackhawks netminder lending a hand to someone in need of it, and it's quickly gone viral.
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According to the story, Darling "just so happened to see" a man on the street in Arizona during a recent road trip who had been through difficult times. Wanting to help out in some way, Darling paid for the man to stay at a hotel for a month, and even bought groceries for him, until "he got back on his feet."
Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people... pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F
— Kane Van Gate (@KVanGate38) February 8, 2016
Darling confirmed the story with Christopher Hine of the Chicago Tribune during Monday's practice, saying: “I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for that situation — people battling stuff that other people don’t understand," said Darling, who has been open about his past struggles with alcohol addition. "... He seemed like a really nice person. I’m in the position to help somebody like that. I’m happy to do it."
Darling also acknowledged the story via Twitter on Sunday, tweeting: "Just paying it forward... Lucky to be in a position to help."
Way to go, Scott.