Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki fights crime on his days off from the rink.
Vancouver police have confirmed that Borowiecki, 30, halted an attempted robbery on Sunday in the city while he was out for a walk.
Borowiecki witnessed an unidentified person breaking into a parked car. He confronted the individual before wrestling away the stolen property from the alleged thief.
Vancouver police said on Monday that the alleged thief got away, but ``Mr. Borowiecki was able to retrieve the property,'' which was returned to the original owners.
No arrests have been made.
The Senators are in Vancouver to play against the Canucks on Tuesday night.
Borowiecki, an Ottawa native, was drafted by the Senators 139th overall in 2008 and broke into the league with the club in 2011.
He has 10 goals, 43 points and 620 penalty minutes in 349 career NHL games, all with Ottawa.
Borowiecki, known to teammates as 'Borocop', was named an alternate captain in September.