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Damiani's dad was in washroom when son’s name was called at NHL draft

The Kitchener Rangers forward was drafted by the Dallas Stars
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League and team officials attend the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

No hockey parent wants to miss hearing their son’s name being called at the NHL Draft.

But what happens if nature calls when you’re waiting for that moment to happen?

With the 137th pick in this weekend’s NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected Riley Damiani from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.

As Riley and his family were in the crowd eagerly anticipating his name being called, one key member of the group was missing during the big announcement — Riley’s father, Rino.

“He was telling me for the last 10 picks that he had to go to the washroom. And I kept telling him, ‘No, you gotta stick around, you gotta stick around,'” Damiani said after being selected and slipping on the Stars sweater.

“And it just got to the point where he was like ‘nope, I gotta go…'”

Although Riley’s father Rino, had just missed his son’s name being called, the two met up a few minutes later and shared a warm embrace.

Watch the moment below:



Story by Alex Craig 


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