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Welcome to the Dad's Club

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

With 10 of his teammates already members of the Dad’s Club, there was plenty of fatherly advice for the newest member to the Red Wings’ father fraternity Monday afternoon.

As news of Jimmy Howard becoming a dad for the first time spread, Wings’ players showed genuine excitement for their goalie, and his wife, Rachel, who gave birth to the couple’s first child Sunday. James Russell Howard IV entered this world at 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

“I got a text message,” said Nicklas Lidstrom, referring to how he heard the news. “We're all happy for him."

How about some advice from the captain, who has three sons of his own? "Get ready for some sleepless night,” Lidstrom said

Even before players returned to Detroit prior to training camp, Howard had been growing more and more anxious about the arrival of his new son.

“He’s been looking forward to this for a long time,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “We’re all happy for him and we can’t wait to see him.”

Late Monday afternoon, coach Mike Babcock spoke to his goalie, who was back in metro Detroit enjoying his new family.
“Congratulations to Howie and Rachel,” Babcock said. “Kids are gift from God and it's the most awesome thing that will ever happen to you. It's the one thing they give you without any training. It's a gift. Now you have an obligation to do a good job.”

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