Gracie Marlowe Quinlan, the new daughter of Edmonton Rush captain Jimmy Quinlan (Photo Credit: Dale MacMillan)
Saturday was an emotional day for Jimmy Quinlan.
Professionally, the Edmonton Rush’s captain was set to lead the team into their West Divisional Semifinal game against the Calgary Roughnecks.
Personally, a life-changing event took place.
Around 12:30 a.m. local time, Quinlan received a call that his wife Shelby’s water broke and the birth of their first child was imminent. However, there was one small detail in the way – Quinlan was in Calgary, roughly 185 miles south of Edmonton.
“I got in the car and drove back and then played the waiting game,” Quinlan told Evan Daum of the Edmonton Journal.
Less than 10 hours after that initial call, Jimmy Quinlan became a new father when Gracie Marlowe Quinlan came into the world.
As for the game, Shelby Quinlan told her husband to get to it.
“She’s always supported me, they’ve always supported me, so she told me to get back in the car and go take of business and, fortunately for us, we did,” Quinlan said.
Another nearly 200-mile trek down Highway 2 had Quinlan back with his team around 4 p.m. local time. Hours after his arrival, he scored a goal in the Rush’s 19-11 upset of the Roughnecks to secure a berth in Saturday’s West Divisional Final against the Minnesota Swarm.
“Watching what my wife went through (Saturday), I just came to the game knowing that she had gone through something a lot harder than a game of lacrosse,” he said.
The proud new dad hopes to lead his team to its first-ever appearance in the Championship Game. To do that, they will need to defeat the Swarm on Saturday in a game to be ahown live on CBS Sports Network starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.