Tuesday March 24th, 2015

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm welcomed a baby daughter early Monday morning, in unusual fashion. 

Helm's pregnant girlfriend, Devon, woke him up in the middle of the night to tell him they needed to get to the hospital. Even though it's only 20 or 25 minutes away, they couldn't make it. They were about five minutes from the hospital when the baby was born, right there in the car on the side of the highway. 

“It was pretty intense,” Helm told reporters Tuesday, according to MLive.com. “I'm extremely proud of what she did. The courage and the pain that she had to go through is amazing. How she did that I'm so proud of her, proud of the baby.

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“We got to the ER and they kept assuring us that things were going to be OK after they got a good look at the baby and Devon was feeling good. It took us awhile to kind of get over what happened, but things are moving along pretty well.

“Couldn't be happier with the way things turned out and we have a pretty funny story now that we think about it.”

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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was quite impressed with Helm's ordeal.

“That would have been quite a visual, to say the least,” Babcock said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Good for them. We're happy to have a new Red Wing, and that's exciting stuff. Glad Mom is happy and the baby is happy.”

That's quite a way to spend an off day.

- Dan Gartland

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