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Mom uses TikTok to find Cleveland fan who saved child from hockey puck

Mom uses TikTok to find Cleveland fan who saved child from hockey puck

 


There was just over a minute left on the clock a hockey game in Cleveland Thursday when a player smacked the puck and sent it into the stands toward Asia Davis' 4-year-old son. That's when another fan jumped and extended his right arm to prevent the puck from hitting the boy's head.

As he sat in bed later that night, Davis held the puck that nearly hit her son Nasir. She thought about how badly he could have been hurt if the fan hadn't helped and later posted on TikTok in hopes of tracking him down.

I owe that man lunch or dinner, another thank you, Davis said in the videobecause I can't imagine my baby getting hit by that hockey puck.

The video, which has been viewed more than 4 million times, quickly reached Andrew Podolak, who, according to Davis, wrote in a TikTok post that he was happy he was protecting her son.

Davis, Podolak and Nasir reunited in another American Hockey League game on Saturday when they dropped the puck before the Cleveland Monsters played the Laval Rocket. Davis, 33, told The Washington Post that she was happy to hug Podolak and thank him for what she said it might have been a life-saving move.

Davis, Nasir and her boyfriend met Podolak when she sat next to him, a few rows from the ice, Thursday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. A win would secure the Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate a spot in the playoffs.

Just over a minute before the Monsters won, Davis' friend held up her phone to capture the players' fights and celebrations on the ice. That's when a Cleveland player deflected a pass and punched the puck in the air.

Davis said she didn't have time to respond. Podolak, who was on the other side of Nasir, jumped up and extended his arm, changing the trajectory of the puck and sending it over Nasir's head. Nasir didn't even see the puck, Davis said, but ice cubes landed in his hair.

The kids behind us picked up the puck and gave it to my son, Davis said. And you know what, I held the puck up and realized what he had just escaped from.

Davis thanked Podolak and asked him to pose for a photo with Nasir and joked that he should be a goalkeeper. But when the game ended, she was still processing how close the puck had come to her son's face. She said her head pounded and her stomach hurt as she left the arena.

The next day she called the arena hoping to identify the fan. While staff asked for more time to locate him, she posted a TikTok video with Nasir and Podolak's photo early Saturday morning. She doubted she would find him through the social media app.

When she woke up about eight hours later, Davis said the video had gone viral. She said Podolak messaged her, and Davis responded by saying she would buy him playoff tickets later this month.

Saturday afternoon, the Monsters invited Davis, Nasir and Podolak to their match that evening. When the trio arrived at the arena, cameras from local TV stations followed them as Davis and Podolak hugged. They greeted the players before they entered the ice and talked to reporters about the Podolaks block.

There were also a few other kids behind me, so I just tried to jump in front of them, Podolak said Fox 8 News.

Davis watched the game from the front row seats of the stadium and was nervous that another puck would fly towards Nasir. So the 4-year-old sat among the adults in case Podolak's exploits were needed again.

While Davis said she still has PTSD from the incident, Podolak's efforts helped make Thursday a memorable night for Nasir for another reason. He was so excited that the fans gave him the puck that flew past him that he has been holding it while he sleeps ever since.

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