In a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Chicago Blackhawks fans found a new folk hero in emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster
In a Chicago Blackhawks game straight out of the bizzaro world, the United Center faithful on Thursday got introduced to a new folk hero in Scott Foster. Foster was signed by the Blackhawks to an amateur tryout contract due to an injury to Anton Forsberg just before Thursday’s game.
In case you missed it or are unfamiliar with the NHL rule on the emergency goalie, here is a great summary:
If both the starting and backup goalies cannot continue, the next in line, according to the rules, can be anyone deemed “qualified” by the league. He could be the team’s goalie coach (and most of them are retired netminders) or virtually anyone who has sufficient experience at the position. It could also be a skater in the game who is brave enough or crazy enough to face enemy fire.
Forsberg was the original starter for the Blackhawks against the Winnipeg Jets but injured himself during the pregame warmup. So Collin Delia, who was recalled from Rockford on Wednesday and has his own his unique story, was pressed into action a day earlier than expected.
Delia would play well for two periods, making 25 saves on 27 shots. Delia would leave the game in the third period with an injurym which pressed Foster into service. Foster had been the emergency goalie for 10 or 15 games previously, per his postgame interview.
By day, Foster is an accountant, and by night he is an emergency goalie. Foster would make seven saves and was named the first star of the game. Foster plays goalie at Johnny’s IceHouse in a men’s league. Foster is the sixth goalie to play for the Blackhawks this season, which ties for the most all time.
Emergency goalie Scott Foster is now in net for the #Blackhawks
He last played a competitive hockey game on Oct 15, 2005 for Western Michigan allowing 3 goals in relief vs Robert Morris U
Attendance was 2,520
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 30, 2018
Foster overshadows all
So in Brent Seabrook‘s 1,000th career game, which featured the NHL debuts of Delia and Dylan Sikura, the story is Scott Foster.
Did I mention the Blackhawks scored six goals? Two goals were scored by Tomas Jurco of all people. Sikura has two assists, and Alex DeBrincat tied Patrick Kane for the team lead in goals. Oh, and a referee got taken out by the Winnipeg Jets’ goalie late in the the game.
Move over Eric Semborski — there is an new best emergency goalie of all time.
Tonight’s belt winner… who else?
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 30, 2018