Sports reporters are drawn to NHL emergency goalie stories like food bloggers are attracted to sliced ketchup. For NHL emergency guardian stories have it all: the drama of waiting for a drywall-installer-shot-fridge-mechanic to actually enter an NHL game. The common fame of seeing Everyday Joe or Everyday Gord becomes a professional professional athlete. The emotional thrill of seeing gleeful teammates pat the emergency guard on the head or shoulder or trunk. The intellectual jolt of interviewing someone on the happiest day of his life, someone who will never tell you that this is "just another game" or "we're on Winnipeg."
Accountant Emergency Goalkeeper David Foster wrote one of the best stories on Thursday night, as his normally uneventful night, when the Blackhawks Standby Emergency call became something completely different. The 36-year-old beer league player, who was put into service by two injuries to the team's real goalkeepers, played 1
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But if Foster o Thursday became a hero for accountants around the world – mostly because he found time on March 29 to mess around with tax hikes – and he also added his Names of a Long List of Legendary Boys Reached by Emergencies
Floyd Whitney, father of NHL star Ray Whitney, retired in 1999 for the Edmonton Oilers on when starter Bill Ranford was injured. The team created an amateur contract for Whitney – a local police officer – and gave him a sweater, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
"I was hoping to get in, maybe when it was 6-2 the last 30 seconds," Whitney said, according to the newspaper. "I think I could have held her for so long." (Yes, Blackhawks' final score on Thursday was also 6-2.)
Edmonton Coach Kevin Lowe said he was arguing with Whitney in the waning seconds, but did not want to go into the visiting capitals.
Joe Schaefer, an office worker and longtime Rangers statistician, dressed twice for the Rangers in the early 1960s after his New York Times obituary.
The First Time After a collision with Bobby Hull, the star Gump Worsley tore strings into his hand. Schaefer, whose playing experience came primarily with Amateur Sands Point Tigers, was called.
"The game was postponed by 23 minutes while Schaefer put on a ranger jersey," the Times reported. "He was 35 years old and a bit paunchy, 5 feet 8 inches and obviously about 200 pounds." Now he would face blisters from Hull, and his counterpart in the Chicago Gate happened to be Glenn Hall, a future member of Hockey Hall of Fame. "
A 1-0 Rangers lead turned into a 5-1 Rangers loss. Schaefer, who made 17 saves, "did not have much to offer except courage," Joe Nichols wrote in The Times.
Later he played in a second game and made 27 shots in another loss for the Blackhawks. He went on to keep statistics for Rangers until 1986, according to the Times, though he was never again required in the game.
The Bank Manager
Nathan Schoenfeld, whose father-in-law was the equipment manager for the Arizona Coyotes, served as the team's emergency guardian in the 6-2 victory two years ago. (19659002) Schoenfeld's father Jim was the former coach of the team and he had been driving with the team in the past. He was working at the time as a Relationship Manager in a bank, after the Arizona Republic, and happened to be on Matchday because of President Day. According to the newspaper, he had not climbed with the team in the warm-up phase, but sat on the bench in uniform.
"I do not know if I already have the words," he said after the game. "It will probably take a while to soak in. Just go home and sit down with my family and just enjoy the night."
The Vending Machine Worker
Tyler Stewart, a blues season ticket holder and former junior hockey player, signed a contract with St. Louis early this season after the team's emergency call was delayed on arrival on the ice. Stewart, 25, was in warm-up with the crew, watching the dressing room for the first time, the Associated Press said. It was the backup of the team for the first period until the real backup arrived.
"It was like a dream come true, obviously," said Stewart.
Stewart, who played club hockey in college, had started his shift for his father's automaker at 5 o'clock that day, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He received the sweater No. 98 and had to parry some shots during the preparatory exercises, according to the AP.
"I'll never forget that," he said. "That was my Christmas present."
"Just crazy, I would describe it," he told the Post-Dispatch.
The Equipment Manager
Former NC State hockey goalkeeper Jorge Alves has reported on many occasions. During the season, Carolina Hurricanes worked for the team as Equipment Manager, but last season's 37-year-old former Marine was drafted into the Alves served as an emergency backup, his brief appearance on the ice was a kind of thank-you for his years of service.
Before Foster's star was shot this week, Alves was the modern model of an emergency backup that actually hit the ice.
"I'll appreciate this jersey, I'll have it in my house," Alves said of the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm really humble."
Starting goalie Cam Ward asked Alves, the team for the prelude Ice-Up (19659002) "I told him just before the game, they do not ask how or why, but you made it to the NHL," Ward said, according to the News & Observer. "It's a reminder he'll cherish for the rest of his life and it turned out to be a great story for a great guy."
The Web Producer
Brett Leonhardt is more than just a Web producer, the longtime Cap employee (and, full of. German: www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 However, his first exposure to national fame came in 2008, when he was actually working as a web producer Theodore was injured, the call to Semyon Varlamov was unable to come up with a puck drop, and starter Brent Johnson needed a reinforcement. "The 6-foot-7 Leonhardt, then 26 and generally known as "Stretch," became the guy.
"I should pay the team for doing this," he said, "It was like every dream came true."
Leonhardt had divisional III Hockey played and had often played during the training with the team, abe He was still enthusiastic about his short round, which later led to a trading card, he left the bench after about 10 minutes and worked After this game, he set up the dressing room as usual with his video camera.
"It was a great prospect," he joked to the Associated Press. "Usually I'm up here with you guys in the press review."
Leonhardt also served in 2013 as an emergency backup, although he was already co-trainer at this time.
The Graduate Student
Tom Fenton was a 26-year-old student and hockey trainer in 2013 when the Coyotes called him to play at Madison Square Garden. Starter Ilya Bryzgalov had the flu, and the coyotes could not get a backup from their Minor League outpost in San Antonio to New York in time.
Fenton, who never played in a 4: 3 shooting loss, had played for four years
"Somehow my name was thrown out," Fenton said after the game over the AP. "I got the call, and I think I just called back faster than the other guys."
Fenton said that he thought the call of the coyotes was a joke, some friends played a joke on him. At the time, he was also head of Game Operations and Community Relations at Manhattanville College, according to the AP, and as a volunteer hockey coach. He borrowed the car of a roommate and skipped a final exam for the game.
"I was just trying to do everything," he said about the AP. This whole place was electric, I know we always say that cliché, but once you're out there, it's a different experience, words can not really describe it. "
The Turncoat Trainer
There are many more of these stories, each with their own charms. But the story of Lefty Wilson is especially charming as Wilson – a longtime coach for the Detroit Red Wings – was actually called against his own side as an emergency goalkeeper.
This happened according to Wilson's New York Times twice obituary. Wilson had played in the Minions and played during the Red Wings exercises according to the Times, and also paid attention in a game of 1953 for the team. But things got stranger in 1956 when he was asked to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Red Wings after starter Harry Lumley got sick. He played 13 minutes in a defeat.
It happened again in 1957, when he played almost a complete game for the Bruins against the Red Wings, after starter Don Simmons parted his shoulder. Wilson allowed a goal and the Bruins tied the Red Wings.
"There was no way I wanted these guys to shoot at me," Wilson told author Dick Irvin, according to The Times. "It would have been terrible to go to work in the locker room the next day and let her needle me how much she achieved."
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