I wrote an essay last summer that deserved a Peabody. It was titled Jonathan Quick Tweets Pics of Rabbit Giving Birth in his Backyard. The photo post was about a humble goaltender — a few weeks removed from winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe– observing the circle of life through the window of his LA home, live-tweeting all the while.
On Monday, I came across an even better NHL nature story on Tumblr (thanks to elqiao) with a less gnarly ending. Nashville Predators defenseman Hal Gill saved the life of an owl. Here is part 2 in the new RMNB series, NHL Players and Nature.
On January 10th, a few days before training camp officially opened for all NHL teams, Hal Gill was returning to his Nashville home when he came across a Great Horned Owl that had been struck by a car. It appeared to be dead in the middle of the road. At 11:11 PM, Gill (@Skillsy75) tweeted this photo to his 59,000 followers.
I’m a fan of the hashtags.
Friend and Toronto Maple Leaf James van Riemsdyk responded to Gill’s tweet with a video.
Gill loaded the injured owl into his car and drove it to Walden’s Puddle, a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center just outside of the city.
Over the course of the next two weeks, Gill tweeted the facility and got updates on the condition of the owl.
Gill’s unselfish deed will now replace my other memory of him: getting demolished by Alex Ovechkin after he injured Sergei Fedorov.
Here’s hoping the owl has some owl babies!