The moment an NHL player scores their first goal, somebody from the organization immediately springs into action.
The puck is retrieved, marked with tape or some other identifying marker before it's eventually given to the player, who presumably will cherish it from now until eternity.
After Dominik Kubalik scored the first NHL goal of his career Thursday night against the Sharks, it seemed like a nice idea to ask around the locker room and find out what players do with those first-goal pucks.
Turns out the answer for many Hawks was the same: they drop it off at their parent's house.
The puck from Connor Murphy's first goal? At his parent's house. Same for Alex Nylander, Erik Gustafsson and Jeremy Colliton, who scored the first of his three career goals on April 15, 2006 against the Penguins.
"It's at my parents' house, just like everything else," Colliton said. "I just give it to them. I don't want it, you know? I'll look at it sometimes but they keep all the stuff for me."
There was one first goal puck story worth retelling.
After Slater Koekkoek scored the first of his career while playing with the Lightning on October 12, 2017, the puck was given to him shortly afterward.
Instead of giving it to his parents or bringing it into his house, Koekkoek threw it into a console in his truck and there it stayed – untouched – for a year. Why?
"I don't know," Koekkoek said. "I just forgot about it."
Then one day, his truck was broken into. As Koekkoek did inventory, he discovered the thief took cash and coins, pretty much everything of value they could get their hands on.
There was one priceless item left undisturbed.
"My first goal puck (was) sitting right there with the tape on it," he said. "Left it for me. They were nice that way."