If you're a hockey fan, or follow this site, you know about the NHL's emergency goalie rule, requiring teams to have an EBUG (emergency backup goalie) in the building at each home game. We've covered a few of the funnier EBUG stories this year, like the New York Rangers "McBackup" and the St. Louis Blues vending machine worker that took shots in warmups.
But neither McBackup nor vending machine guy had to see any real action, which seems like it would be a dream come true until it actually happens and 90+ MPH clappers are being fired in your general direction. For Blackhawks emergency goalie Scott Foster, this "dream"/worst case scenario was realized on Thursday night, when Chicago's starter Anton Forsberg was scratched before the game and backup Collin Delia was injured late in the third period. Foster, a 36-year-old accountant, was immediately thrown into the fire against the Winnipeg Jets, and he did a damn good job of goaltending, saving all seven shots he faced in the game's final 14 minutes:
Impressive stuff from Foster, who played at Western Michigan University from 2002-2006 and now sits between the pipes on two different beer league teams in Oak Park, Illinois. Somehow, he topped his rookie NHL performance in the locker room afterwards, delivering some A+ postgame quotes:
What a beauty. To all of Foster's beer league teammates, make sure this man never pays for a drink again.