Blackhawks Emergency Backup Goalie, a 36-Year-Old Accountant, Plays 14 Shutout Minutes vs. Jets (VIDEOS)

Blackhawks Emergency Backup Goali Scott Foster

An accountant in Chicago got to live out his wildest fantasy on Thursday night. Scott Foster, a 36-year-old former college hockey goalie, got to suit up for the Chicago Blackhawks as an emergency backup goalie.

Normally that’s where these stories end. Every NHL team has a list of local guys they can call when they need an emergency backup goalie, and once or twice a year a team will actually have to use that list due to a last-minute injury. So some guy who used to play college hockey gets to take warmups with his local NHL team and sit on their bench in case something happens to the regular backup goalie. But he never actually gets in the game.

The Blackhawks actually have a rotating crew of emergency backups that they have on hand at all home games. Thursday was Foster’s night. So when scheduled starter Anton Forsberg suffered an injury while warming up for the Blackhawks’ game against the Jets, Foster got the call.


Amazingly, Foster did way more than sit on the bench. Five minutes into the third period, Chicago’s rookie netminder Collin Delia suffered an injury. That meant Scott Foster, who normally plays in suburban rec leagues, actually had to play 14 minutes against the second-highest scoring offense in the NHL.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought it was pretty hilarious:


But this is where the story goes from crazy to absolutely unbelievable. In 14 minutes against the Winnipeg Jets, Foster faced seven shots and stopped every single one.

Take a look at this:



After helping the Blackhawks close out a 6-2 victory, Scott Foster was named the number one star of the game:



Then, to cap off a perfect night, Scott Foster held the perfect postgame press conference:


“This is something that no one can ever take away from me,” Foster summed up. “It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends…Just a ton of fun.”

Hat Tip – [SB Nation, CBC]

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