Canadian-born comedian Norm Macdonald decided not to go to the Kings/Rangers Stanley Cup finals game last night, choosing instead to get a hold of an old friend in Moncton, N.B.
As the city went into lockdown because of a shooter on the lam and the world followed the #PrayForMoncton hashtag, Norm Macdonald tweeted his phone conversation with Phil Robinson, the man who had taken him in for a week many years ago.
It didn't take long for the talk to turn to hockey.
"You remember when I took you to the Hawks game, Norm?" Robinson, now in his 70s, said
He complained about being garrisoned in his basement, forced to watch the big game on a crappy black-and-white TV.
Later, Robinson decided nothing was going to stop him from heading upstairs to the room with the big-screen.
"Let the sonofabitch shoot me right here in my easy chair, drinking a Molson and watching hockey on a 50-incher," he said.
The call ended with Macdonald hoping for Robinson's safety, and the older man telling him to call back during Game 6.