Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Kunitz Welcomes a Son

04/20/2009 at 09:30 AM ET
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Wednesday was a day to remember for Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Kunitz. Not only did his team jump out to a 1-0 lead in their NHL quarterfinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers, the 29-year-old left winger welcomed his first child. Zachary James Kunitz was born at 9:41 a.m., leaving Chris’ status for that night’s game in doubt.

“Leading up to it, I wasn’t sure [if I would play]. I just waited to see how my wife felt and to talk it over, make sure the baby was okay and all that kind of stuff.”

Fortunately, it didn’t take long to make up his mind! “We had called the team to let them know we had a baby, and I told them I’d call them back,” Chris explained; By noon, he revealed that he would indeed take the ice.

Zachary is also the first child for Chris’ wife Maureen, whom he married in July 2008.

Source: Pittsburgh Live

— Missy

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Chris on

He must have a very understanding wife!

Brooklyn on

Congratulations to them! I love the name.

Christine on

That’s awesome!
My husband was coaching our oldest sons hockey game 2hrs after I gave birth to our 3rd baby!!

Dawn on

Not only did he play that night, but he has an awesome game as well! Many congrats to the Kunitz family … GO PENS!

msscatter on

Congrats, Chris! As a staff member at FSU I have enjoyed following you and your career. We’re very proud of you.

Natasha on

Congrats to Chris & Maureen! I bet Zachary is adorable.