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At 7:30 PM, Jack Hillen was stepping onto the ice at an arena just outside Miami. He had chatted with his wife Caitlin, nine months pregnant with their second child, four hours earlier. She was doing well as the couple prepared for the birth of their second child, due on April 17. It was a pedestrian game for the 27-year-old defensemen, playing just under 17 minutes. He was on the ice for one goal in the Washington’s 4-3 win over the Panthers. Outside the visitor’s locker room at BB&T Center, though, Hillen got some news.
“Congratulations, you had a son,” Team Services Manager Ian Anderson told him.
“Oh, you mean she’s in labor?” Hillen responded.
“No, you had a son,” Anderson said.
“That came quickly,” replied Hillen.
“I didn’t know,” Hillen said Sunday night as he stood in front of Alex Ovechkin’s locker at Verizon Center. “I didn’t know.
“What can I say?” he continued. “Everything was fine. I had no idea. It was just a normal day.”