Logan Brown’s 22nd birthday is certainly one he and his dad Jeff will remember for the rest of their lives, and the story the Ottawa Senators prospect will forever tell is terrifying.
Logan was sitting in his house with fellow Sens teammate Drake Batherson on Thursday, March 5, when he heard some yelling.
“I heard my dad screaming and I was inside with Drake, and I thought ‘was that my dad?’” he wondered. “I opened the window and sure as s*it, there’s my dog in the lake.”
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His golden retriever Boone had run onto the Bay of Quinte chasing geese but the ice gave way and he fell in the water. His dad Jeff, a former elite NHL defenceman who once played for St. Louis, Toronto, and Carolina, yelled for Logan to get a rope as he went out to get the dog.
“My dad went out on his belly to pull the dog out because he was in there for a good minute. He tried to pull him out but he broke through the ice too,” he described.
“He pushed the dog out, and I started to run towards him but he yelled at me to stay back. I’m about six feet away, on my stomach trying to reach him. There was a big crack in front, so I stayed behind that and got on all fours.”
Brown says his dad was able to get himself out and onto the ice where he was able to pull him out.
“Luckily, he said he’d watched a video on Facebook about a week ago of a guy who put himself through the ice deliberately to teach you how to get out,” Logan said.
By the time Logan and Jeff got back on land, ambulances had arrived. Brown’s house is located by the Bay Bridge, and a number of people had watched the situation unfold as they were driving by. Brown estimates more than 50 people were at the house to offer help and assistance while Batherson was holding onto the dogs.
“We tried to warm him up, got him some soup and tea, and after a while, he warmed up—we went out for dinner and he seemed fine.
“He’s good, the dogs are good.”
Republished with permission from the Belleville Senators.