A police officer, a bank manager and an accountant: NHL emergency goalie stories are the best

Sports reporters are drawn to NHL emergency goalie stories like food bloggers to sliced ketchup. Because NHL emergency goalie stories have everything: The drama of waiting to see whether a drywall installer-slash-refrigerator-repairman will actually get into an NHL game. The shared glory of seeing an Everyday Joe or Everyday Gord become a proxy professional athlete. The emotional thrill of seeing gleeful teammates pat the emergency goalie on the head, or shoulder, or rump. The intellectual jolt of interviewing someone on the happiest day of his life, someone who will never ever tell you that this was “just another game” or that “we’re on to Winnipeg.”

Accountant-turned-emergency-goalie-turned-Chicago-hero Scott Foster authored one of the best of these stories Thursday night, when his typically uneventful night as the Blackhawks on-call emergency (third) goalie turned into something quite different. The 36-year-old beer league player, pressed into service by a pair of injuries to the team’s real goalies, played 14 minutes, made seven saves, closed out a Chicago win, and then was feted by both his teammates and the national press.

(NHL teams dress two goaltenders and typically would call on a minor league goalie due to injury or other emergency. If

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/03/30/a-police-officer-a-bank-manager-and-an-accountant-nhl-emergency-goalie-stories-are-the-best/

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