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Grant earns right to name friend's child after scoring hat trick

Ducks forward had first three-goal game of NHL career against St. Louis

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Grant's hat trick

ANA@STL: Grant records first career hat trick in win

Derek Grant scores a goal in all three periods, leading the Ducks to a 4-1 win against the Blues with his first career hat trick

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Derek Grant's first NHL hat trick also earned him a huge responsibility.

The Anaheim Ducks forward will be tasked with naming his friend's first-born child thanks to his three-goal game in their 4-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Grant's longtime friend Brendan and his fiancee Becky are trying to have their first child. While hanging out during the summer, Brendan offered Grant the chance to name the kid if and when they deliver. 

"We were golfing the next day and were joking around … that he should get to name [the child] if he makes a hole-in-one that day golfing," Grant said Sunday. "I'm not quite as good of a golfer, so he made it real for me. If I get a hat trick this year, I'd get to name his first child."

Grant capped his first three-goal game with an empty-netter at 18:21 of the third period, and has been racking his brain on a name ever since. He's gotten some help from Ducks fans on Twitter after the news went viral after the game.

Tweet from @FoxSportsWest: With great power, comes great responsibility 👶A friend of Grant's said he could name his first-born if he got a hat trick this year! Help him out with a suggestion below ������@AnaheimDucks | #LetsGoDucks pic.twitter.com/Dg40THdQyo

"There's been a few thrown out," Grant said. "Ally if it's a girl, apparently. I don't know. It'll be fun. [The couple is] fully on board. It's pretty funny, but I'll try to be pretty nice to them.

"Definitely got a little thinking to do."

 NHL.com Independent Correspondent Louie Korac contributed reporting

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