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News: St. Petersburg Times 3/20/99

Tucker, Wilkie Combine For a Fatherhood Tie
By Tom Jones

Darcy Tucker and David Wilkie have been best friends for seven years. You rarely find one without the other. They were even traded to the Lightning together -- on Jan. 15, 1998.
Both are 24. Both come from the western part of the continent. Heck, their biographies and statistics are on consecutive pages in the Lightning media guide.
But they may have carried this friendship thing a little too far.
The two had daughters born less than two hours apart Thursday night.
Wilkie and his wife, Jackie, celebrated the birth of their second child when Mackenna Grace (7 pounds) was born at 7:15 p.m. At 8:54, Tucker and his wife, Shannon, celebrated the birth of their first child, Owynn Faith Victoria (6 pounds, 7 ounces).
"We've done everything else together, so why not this?" Tucker said. "When we got pregnant, we called (Wilkie and his wife) and told them. Two weeks later, they called us, and David said, "You're not going to believe this.' "
Even though Wilkie's daughter was born two weeks early, Tucker and Wilkie think it's possible their children were conceived on the same night -- in the same hotel.
"I'm pretty sure my wife got pregnant at (Tucker's) wedding," Wilkie said.
"I know my wife got pregnant the night we were married," Tucker said. Either way, the women had different labors. Jackie Wilkie was in labor for 51 hours and Shannon Tucker was in labor for about 17 hours.
"It's amazing," Tucker said about his daughter. "To look at something so little, and it's like looking at yourself is just amazing."

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