(Sportsnet.ca) – Patrick Maroon spoke to Gene Principe about a big Oilers win over the Blues and got choked up seeing video of his son in the crowd, cheering for his dad scoring a goal.

Wow. What a cool moment from Patrick Maroon. That’s must watch stuff right there. 

We have a lot of fun with BostonPucks.com and really enjoy analyzing the Bruins all while throwing humor into the mix as well. But it’s often forgotten sometimes, in the “entertainment business” that is NHL hockey, that these guys are just regular dudes like the rest of us. I’m a father who is away from my daughter a couple nights a week for work and some nights are harder than others even when the wife and our little one video chat. But these guys have families they’re away from for even longer periods of time. They also have to juggle that while riding tremendous highs and lows in the cutthroat world of professional sports. And a lot of these NHLers are from small towns with good roots. It’s just always a good thing to remind ourselves of when we’re over here being sarcastic dummies writing hockey blogs.

Pro hockey may be a meat market but there’s some real good dudes out there. Patrick Maroon just skyrocketed up my list of favorite players. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go trade for him and name him my captain in franchise mode on NHL 17. Any other lifelong diehard Maroon fan with dust in his eyes like myself would do the same.