Windy City native Donna Lebano may just be the biggest Chicago Blackhawks fan.
With all the gut-churning action during Thursday night's Hawks playoffs game against the Minnesota Wild, Lebano got an unmistakable feeling during the second period.
The eight months pregnant Hawks fan was going into labor.
"No way was I leaving," Lebano said in a statement from Adventist Hinsdale Hospital according to ABC Chicago. "We are a Hawks family. I had to see the end of the game."
After Lebano and her family hung on to watch the Hawks eliminate the Wild in Game 5, her three sisters immediately rushed her to the hospital where she delivered a healthy 6 pound, 5 ounce baby boy just a few hours after the game ended, WGN reports.
Rather than naming the newborn after one of Chicago's players, Lebano and her husband Charles instead settled on a moniker not on the Blackhawks roster — at least not yet.
"We want him to be the first Owen Michael on the Blackhawks, ever," Lebano said in a bedside interview with WGN (embedded). "We're sticking with the nickname Hossa," the new mom added, referring to the Chicago right-winger Marian Hossa.
Lebano said her husband was home with their elder child when she and her sisters enjoyed a "girl's night out" at the game, and with a month to go in her pregnancy, Lebano told WGN she didn't expect she'd go into labor that night.
“Nothing like an exciting Hawks game to induce labor,” said Lebano's siter Barb Wilczek.
"We're doing fantastic and we think of Owen as Hossa's hat trick. Two goals in a playoff game and a baby delivered moments after getting to the hospital is an epic hat trick," Lebano said to ABC.
Chicago has no shortage of tough mamas like Lebano: in 2011, a Northwestern law grad went into "active labor" during the bar exam and finished before walking across the street to the hospital to deliver. Just last year, even after her water broke, a woman determined to vote in the November elections cast her ballot in suburban Dolton before giving birth.
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