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A St. Louis Blues season ticket holder got an early Christmas present that he’ll never forget on Wednesday night.
Tyler Stewart, a 25-year-old grad student who makes ends meet by working as a vending machine worker, restocking snacks and beverages all over the St. Louis metropolitan area, served as the Blues’ backup goalie for most of the first period of Wednesday night’s Central Division showdown against the Dallas Stars.
The NHL has a policy whereby each team has a designated “emergency backup” goalie in the event that one of the goalies on their roster gets injured and a replacement from their minor league affiliate can’t get to the arena in time for a game. The result of this policy is that, from time to time, total amateurs get to live out their wildest childhood dreams.
Stewart, a Blues season ticket holder who played club hockey with St. Louis University, is the Blues designated emergency goalie. Every time he goes to a game, he brings his equipment and leaves it in his car, just in case.
On Wednesday morning, after regular Blues backup Carter Hutton injured his foot at practice, and the team realized AHL netminder Ville Husso wouldn’t make it in from San Antonio in time for the start of the game, they signed Stewart to a one-day tryout contract.
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Steward obviously (and thankfully for everyone involved) didn’t get into the game. He didn’t even get to sit on the bench. But he did get to take part in the pre-game skate and take shots from the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, calling the experience a “dream come true.”
“I got to listen to the pregame speech with [Mike] Yeo,” Stewart told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s crazy how loose they are. You would think they’d be tight a little, but they’re joking around like you wouldn’t even think they’re playing a hockey game. It’s a cool environment, nothing like I’d ever experienced before.
“I sat next to Tarasenko. He was awesome. Him and [Vladimir] Sobotka were asking me how to spell scissors because they were confused about the spelling. They were saying it as Caesar, like Caesar salad. It was pretty funny. They just talked to me like I was one of the guys. It was pretty cool.”
Seriously, these stories the best.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]