BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In his role as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tom Fitzgerald was on duty Saturday night, helping scout players at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
However, Fitzgerald also was on duty as father to one of the 38 2013 NHL Draft-eligible players on the ice, Team McClanahan center Ryan Fitzgerald.
It was a winning role on both ends, as Ryan had three assists and walked away with the game MVP trophy in Team McClanahan's 5-2 victory.
"I'm there working and being a dad," Tom Fitzgerald told NHL.com. "I'll put some notes down on all the other players but I won't do it for my own son. It's a hard situation [but] people have gone through it before me. … You just want him to feel good about himself and be confident in himself. We just saw him and he looked pretty happy, that's for sure, and that makes us happy."
The Fitzgerald family had nothing to not like about Ryan's game. He made a beautiful cross-ice feed to Hudson Fasching for an easy tap-in goal to open the scoring, and his clean faceoff win on an offensive-zone draw 6:06 into the second set up Seth Jones' goal that launched his team's three-goal outburst that blew the game open.