WMU Grad, Now An Accountant, Has Hockey Dream Come True [Video]
It's a little known fact that NHL teams must have a local person available as an emergency goalie. Every team has one, but they rarely get into games. Until now.
Chicago accountant Scott Foster spends a lot of his free time playing in a Chicago area recreational hockey league. The 36-year-old former Western Michigan University goalie plays for a team at Johnny's Ice House. They're pretty good, for a rec team, but Scott never dreamed he would play in the NHL. Until Thursday.
Scott was chosen as the Chicago Blackhawks's emergency goalie in tryouts before the season started. According to NHL rules, all teams must have an emergency goalie at every game just in case their two roster goalies become injured.
Mainly the job consists of showing up at the game with your gear, and watching the game from the stands just in case. And you get a free meal for your trouble.
Scott got the call to show up Thursday, and when he got there, he was told to suit up, because starting goalie Anton Forsberg was hurt, and now Scott was second stringer Collin Delia's backup.
“The initial shock happened when I had to dress, " Foster told FOX News. "And I think you just kinda black out after that.”
Delia then was hurt with 14:07 left in the game, forcing Foster into the nets. The Blackhawks were up 6-2 at the time, so Foster had a nice cushion, but even then he was nervous.
“I don’t think I heard anything other than put your helmet on,” Foster told FOX News after the game.
Foster was named first star of the game, an honor that came with a continued chorus of "Foster, Foster" from the United Center crowd who he won over.
“This is something that no one can ever take away from me, it’s something I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends and what not.”
What not? Indeed.