Kris Foucault's favorite movie growing up was "The Guardian."

Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round (No. 103) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Foucault always thought that if hockey didn't work out, he'd join the Canadian Coast Guard, inspired by the film of a coast guard rescue swimmer teaching new recruits how to save lives.

Never did he imagine his life would imitate it.

A sunny day in Nassau, Bahamas, turned dreary when monstrous waves and a strong rip current threatened the life of a 6-year-old girl. Luckily, Foucault, an experienced swimmer, was there. Without hesitation, he put his life on the line to save her, relying on his hockey strength and conditioning training to do so.

"As hockey players, we do have to stay in tip-top shape," Foucault said. "For me, I'm a little bit of an older player -- I'm 31 -- staying in shape and being able to swim has kept my career going. I shout out my trainers for keeping me equipped for hockey and equipped for other situations as well."

Foucault played one game for the Wild in the 2011-12 season, against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 14 and 58 games in the American Hockey League from 2010-2014. Since then, he's played in Europe, the past six in Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the top pro league in Germany. He has 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 24 games for Iserlohn this season.

On May 10 around 12 p.m., Foucault was having lunch with his wife and two children by a pool about 50 feet above Cabbage Beach, on the north shore of Nassau, when he heard people on the beach below screaming for help. At the same time, Foucault's mother-in-law and sister-in-law were coming back from a walk on the beach. Before they ascended the stairs to reach the pool, Foucault asked if what he saw out in the water was a shark or a body.