A 36-year-old accountant had seven saves for the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night in a 6-2 win over over the Winnipeg Jets.
Sounds like fake news, but it actually happened. After starter Anton Forsberg was injured in pregame warmups, backup goalie Collin Delia got the start. And that meant Chicago needed an emergency backup for Delia, so they signed Scott Foster, a married father of two who crunches numbers for an asset management company and played at Western Michigan, to an amateur contract.
Of course, no one ever expected he’d actually get on the ice. Emergency goalies never do. According to USA Today, the first known instance of an emergency goalie appearing in a modern era game came last season when Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves suited up for the team. And he was in the game for all of seven seconds. But when Delia experienced cramping early in the third period, the unthinkable happened. The Blackhawks had no choice but to turn to Foster, a guy whose only hockey experience since Western Michigan in 2006 had been with an amateur rec league.
After the game, Foster told reporters he was just as stunned as everyone else that he got the call.
“The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of blackout after that,” Foster said. “A few hours ago I was sitting on the computer typing on a 10-key,” Foster said. “Now I’m standing in front of you guys having just finished 14 and a half minutes of NHL hockey. That’s something you’ll never forget.”