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Stars fan who braved rain for watch party gifted tickets for Games 5, 6

Fort Worth retiree sits under umbrella during storm, goes viral

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that there will be a Game 7 for his Dallas Stars, it's safe to believe Dave Friant will be watching. Rain or shine.

Friant achieved viral fame after he watched Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round between the Stars and St. Louis Blues in the parking lot of American Airlines Center in an absolute downpour.

Jesse Hawila, a meteorologist for WFAA in Dallas, was the one to post a photo of Friant sitting in his lawn chair with his umbrella watching the game despite the damp weather.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Twitter, work your magic.This is what being a fan is all about. We want to give this Stars fan who sat outside AAC in the rain tickets to Game 6. Let's locate this dedicated fan! If you know him, let us know! #GoStars https://t.co/0CgczV1A8m

Since then, the retiree from Fort Worth, Texas, has become Internet famous.

"It's been totally nuts," Friant told NHL.com. "I just went to watch a game, and it was raining. This whole thing has been unbelievable, in a good way."

The man with the umbrella, as he was first known, was gifted a flight and tickets to Game 5 from a fellow Stars fan, according to the team. He attended with his wife, Gaye.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Dave couldn't attend because he and his wife made it to St. Louis for Game 5! A generous Stars fan treated Dave to tonight's game! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/IiExW2Jcnc

The Stars then handed him suite tickets to Game 6 on Sunday, where he ripped up a Blues rally towel he got at Game 5 to get the crowd going.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Dave from Fort Worth, our fan with the umbrella, ripping up the Blues rally towel he got at Game 5 in St. Louis!#GoStars | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/9MQg8Rt8Si

Friant's dedication and decision to brave the bad weather has paid off. But to hear him tell it, he just had to be out there for Game 4.

"There's something about being around the building that you can hear or imagine hearing the fandom from inside the arena. … [when it was raining] I just said 'I'm going to sit out here and enjoy the elements,' and I did have the umbrella."

Friant, who volunteers at a hospital in his spare time, told one of his colleagues what he'd done, which is how the team and local ABC affiliate were able to identify him. The Stars putting out a call on Twitter didn't hurt.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Twitter, work your magic.This is what being a fan is all about. We want to give this Stars fan who sat outside AAC in the rain tickets to Game 6. Let's locate this dedicated fan! If you know him, let us know! #GoStars https://t.co/0CgczV1A8m

Friant stayed in his spot throughout the deluge, only moving under a nearby canopy when some thunder and lightning began, he said.

One thing he wasn't was lonely. While the viral photo showed Friant by himself, two more fans, Sam Rooney and Jeff Simons kept him some company in a different set of pictures. They also received tickets from the Stars for Game 6.

Tweet from @DallasStars: The story just keeps getting better. Dave wasn't the only one out there braving the weather...Two other fans, Sam and Jeff, were out there along with Dave (one pictured here) and they'll both be joining Dave and his wife at Game 6! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/vZEb81XOHE

Friant should have plenty of company if he attends the Game 7 watch party.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Once again, we love our fans. As the rain pours in Dallas tonight, it looks like Dave has a few more umbrellas joining him next time it rains on Victory Plaza. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/GmEHYEoZBc

Rain or shine, it's a safe bet he will have his umbrella.

Photo courtesy Joey Stewart (outside photo in rain)

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