An Accountant Steals the Show as Blackhawks Emergency Goalie
Hockey has some unique quirks that makes it in many ways a "Game of the People".
Perhaps the craziest is that most all teams have someone on a list of people who can be the "Emergency Backup Goalie".
This usually happens in the event of a game day injury to the starter as the league provides the ability for teams to have someone on standby to backup the backup who replaces the starter. It's often someone who played in College or Minor Leagues and has a regular job.
Rarely does the "Emergency Backup" get a chance to see the ice.
Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks needed their "Emergency Backup". In this case--the Designated Survivor so to speak is 36-year old Scott Foster who by day is an Accountant and by night comes to Blackhawk home games, dines in the press box and gets basically a free pass to watch the games.
However due to a pre-game injury by starting goalie Anton Forsberg, the Blackhawks called Foster and told him to suit up never thinking they'd actually need him.
And through the first two periods they didn't. Backup Goalie Colin Delia played well, stopping 25 of 27 shots as the Blackhawks entered the third period with a solid 6-2 lead over the Vancouver Canucks.
With just over 13 minutes left in the game, Delia left the game with what was initially called a "Lower Body" injury leaving a former Collegiate Goalie who played at Western Michigan with a college stats including a .875 save percentage (not stellar) to finish the game.
Foster did his job, staving off all 6 shots he faced as the Blackhawks cruised to the 6-2 win and making Foster a cult hero of sorts....