MacLean helped pull man out of river

Updated: June 4, 2010, 1:07 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- One of hockey's most famous broadcasters turned hero Thursday.

Even if he did try to downplay it.

Ron MacLean, the veteran host of CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada," helped save a man's life Thursday around 1:30 p.m. ET, assisting in his rescue from the Delaware River.

"I'm not the hero, I helped the guy who was," MacLean told ESPN.com.

MacLean was enjoying a quiet lunch on a hotel restaurant patio with "Coach's Corner" legend Don Cherry when a woman came screaming for help. MacLean obliged, but not before smartly grabbing a velvet rope.

"It's one of those velvet links that you see at airports used as dividers or at movie theaters," MacLean said. "I figured that would be useful to help the guy out of the water. So I go down and the man that was with the woman already trying to save the other man, he's dropped into the river and he's got the man pulled over a raft. The man's throat was all wrapped up in packaging tape, and he's all tangled in rope.

"So I climbed down on the side of the pier and with my right hand I handed two [hotel] staff people that had by now joined us the velvet rope and we pulled him out of the river. But really it's the other guy that got him out of the water and saved his life."

MacLean is in town for the NHL's Stanley Cup finals between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.