When Nic Dowd was missing from warmups on Tuesday afternoon at Capital One Arena it was because his wife was going into labor and he was right by her side.
Dowd's wife, Paige, announced on her social media pages that the two welcomed a New Year's Eve baby boy into the world a little earlier than they expected.
Mom and baby are doing great.
The pair announced they were expecting little Louie back in July with an adorable photoshoot including their dog Arlo.
The Dowds join a long list of Caps players that have had children in the last year which includes Kuznetsov, Orlov, Gudas and Panik. Next up the Oshies are expected to welcome their new baby boy in March and the Jensens will welcome their first child shortly after that.
Congratulations to the first time parents!