On this day in 2018, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Jets 6-2. If Collin Delia doesn’t get injured, this game doesn’t get remembered.
The Chicago Blackhawks played 82 games each season, well normally. The 2019-20 season might be one of the few exceptions to the rule, ever since the NHL switched the season to 82 games.
On March 29th, 2018, the Blackhawks were out of the playoffs and were limping to the finish line. Star goalie Corey Crawford was injured, which turned Chicago from a contender to the last-place team in their division. The grizzled veterans were starting to show their age, and it seemed like the team just didn’t have the will to win. Their speed was gone and the team was demoralized.
Now, this has happened before. A goalie gets hurt in the morning skate and the team doesn’t have time to call someone up. The emergency backup goalie gets informed that he will be the backup goalie for the game. Normally, the emergency backup doesn’t get called into action.
Foster’s story ended up different. He ended up playing 14 and 1/2 minutes
When this happened, I knew it was a cool moment, but I didn’t think Foster would gain this much attention from the hockey world. He still is brought up every time he is the emergency backup goalie during a Blackhawks’ game.
Foster, just like David Ayres did this season, became an overnight sensation. Everyone was curious about who Foster was, what he was like, and everything about him. He was even invited to the NHL awards and honored for his seven save shutout.
The day-time accountant, Foster, had his NHL debut during the busiest time of the year for him, tax season. For Foster, it’s a moment to cherish for a lifetime. Chances are, he will never play in an NHL game ever again.
At the end of the day, Foster got to live out a childhood dream, and that’s something no one can take away from him.