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Scott Darling 'pays it forward' with touching help to a stranger

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) sits on the bench during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Scott Darling isn’t the biggest name on the Blackhawks. While the Lemont native is a fan favorite, he doesn’t draw anywhere near the fanfare of some of his more high-profile teammates.

But that didn’t stop him from helping someone in need.

A story leaked out on Twitter over the weekend involving Darling, a stranger and a curious cab driver. According to the story, the Blackhawks’ backup goalie bumped into a man who had been struggling. After a brief conversation, Darling brought the man with him into a cab and took him to a hotel.

As the story made it’s rounds through Twitter and Reddit, it eventually worked back to Darling who confirmed it’s authenticity.

Darling didn’t provide any more details on the story or the unknown man’s situation. However, the details already given were more than enough to show Darling’s personality.

In an age where there are more than enough bad stories going around involving professional athletes, teams are usually quick to publicize charitable acts like this. However, it is a nice change of pace to see a story like this quietly slip out from a third party.

Darling has had a busy few weeks. Not only is Darling backing up Crawford, but he also recently got engaged over the All-Star break.