Ron MacLean helps rescue man from Delaware River in Philadelphia

Just call him the hero of “Hockey Night in Canada.” Ron MacLean played a part in a bit of heroism today in Philadelphia during a water rescue.

PHILADELPHIA — Just call him the hero of “Hockey Night in Canada.”

Ron MacLean played a part in a bit of heroism today in Philadelphia during a water rescue.

MacLean says he was having lunch on a patio by the Delaware River with Don Cherry when a panicky woman came up saying there was someone in the water.

MacLean and a few others sprung into action — he grabbed a velvet rope, jumped a wrought-iron railing and ran down to the water.

When he arrived he saw another man had already jumped into the river and pulled the man to a raft.

MacLean says he and a couple of staff from the hotel used the velvet rope to pull the man onto the wharf, while the person who had jumped in to save him climbed out.

MacLean says he heard the man had been trying to take his life, but seemed grateful after being rescued.