During Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, CBC Sports broadcaster Ron MacLean had a contentious debate with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about franchises drowning in red ink.
Less than 24 hours later, the "Hockey Night in Canada" icon was helping to save a man from drowning in the Delaware River. From the Canadian Press:
MacLean says he was having lunch on a patio by the Delaware River with Don Cherry when a panicky woman came up saying there was someone in the water. MacLean and a few others sprung into action — he grabbed a velvet rope, jumped a wrought-iron railing and ran down to the water.
When he arrived he saw another man had already jumped into the river and pulled the man to a raft. MacLean says he and a couple of staff from the hotel used the velvet rope to pull the man onto the wharf, while the person who had jumped in to save him climbed out.
MacLean's CBC peer Jeff Marek wrote on Twitter that the initial man in the water was trying to take his own life. In trying to confirm details of the rescue mission, the Vancouver Province received the following comment from MacLean's wife in Oakville, Ont.:
"There was already a man in the water helping someone who'd tried to take his life and I don't know if Ron jumped in, too, but yes, he was part of a team of two who saved someone's life," Cari MacLean said.
"That's how Ron spent the afternoon on his day off."
Well, like a true Canadian, he did hit the watering hole, in a sense.
MacLean joins such broadcasting icons as Howard Stern in intervening to save a desperate individual from a dire consequence. No word if he assisted in the rescue by promising the distressed individual an autographed photo with Grapes, or if Cherry successfully distracted the man for a moment by putting on his suit jacket back at the eatery.