Johnny's IceHouse, a local ice rink just a few blocks from the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks Arena, is home to several beer leagues. This is where Scott Foster normally finds his destination.
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But Foster was away on Thursday night, despite the fact that his Wight & Company Rec League team was preparing for the season finale against the Lumberjacks. The 36-year-old accountant and father of two children was instead in the United Center for the Blackhawks against the Winnipeg Jets. As one of Chicago's three emergency goalies, Foster visits 13 matches per season and "comes to wear his suit and eat nachos and hot dogs in a box and go home with a minimal chance of ever getting into a game becomes." "According to Beer League teammate Michael Hendrie." Many stars need to align themselves so he can play. And the last night. "
The alignment began when blackhawks goalkeeper Anton Forsberg, who played for the injured Corey Crawford himself, got kick-around while warming up in a football game, meaning Collin Delia, of The AHL had been called to see his first NHL action, which also meant that Foster would have to be ready to go if necessary.
At Johnny's, news began to spread that Foster himself In an adjoining room of United Center had opted for the game, although he had not done skated in warm-ups.
"There was talk of the locker room: Fozzy is only a foot away from going in," said Hendrie
Six minutes after the third period, the stars had switched to Scott Foster: Delia left the game with muscle spasms.The Golub Capital accountant by day, Beer League goalkeeper by night was about to fold for to take the Blackhawks.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was seen laughing from the bench at the turn of events. "I think I would too," Foster said after the game.
Back at the IceHouse, one of his teammates shot into the dressing room with the message: "Fozzy goes in!"
The news quickly traveled to the IceHouse, resulting in a rather strange image in the lobby of the building: Foster's team-mates, their opponents, and two over 40 elite league teams that had just finished their game were crowded together, in full swing to a modest size (19659009) As is the beer league hockey tradition, the jokes flew as they saw Foster kick in. "Guys, we can still do it." That's the proof Johnny & # 39; s a gateway to the Hawks … "
2 times this year, goalkeepers have been called to NHL teams from our elite league. Alec is coming to LA. Scott Foster to Chicago. Come to Scott, play this Friday at Johnny's East. #eliteleague pic.twitter.com/aIJ5VXLkGU
– Johnny's IceHouse (@johnnysicehouse) March 30, 2018
When the Zamboni emerged from the IceHouse rink, the Players Release a jubilant applause as Foster Jets defender Tyler Myers contested for his first save about a minute after he came into the game. But as the machine completed its final laps, the players laced up their skates and kept an eye on Foster, because it was playtime.
Foster's Beer League team played their regular season finale when he lived out his NHL dream. He stopped all seven shots he faced. "I was at my computer a few hours ago, tapping a numeric keypad, and now I'm in front of you and I've just completed 14 minutes of NHL hockey," he said after the game.
Bar Johnny's IceHouse has several TVs, including some visible from the ice. When the Beer League teams made a face-off during their game, players randomly looked up to see Foster back on the ice after being named the first star in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Jets was. 19659009] The face-off had to wait. Both teams stopped and cheered for him.
After giving Foster another stop at Myers and dropping shots from Paul Stastny and Dustin Byfuglien in the final minutes of his NHL debut, Hendrie was impressed, but not surprised by his performance team-mate, who played 55 games from 2002 to 2006 in Western Michigan denied. "Stastny showed he was real," Hendrie said. "He did not give up rebounds on NHL shots from the blue line, which requires high-level goalie skills, but the Stastny was one of the highlights – fidgeting and saving the glove on an NHL sniper.
" I was at all not surprised. [Foster] plays twice a week. He has kept his game in a div. I level. "
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After the game, players exchanged text messages with Foster, but they did not meet for a follow-up celebration." He's too good for us now, "joked Hendrie
So, what happens next weekend when Foster returns to his beer league team at the beginning of his postseason?
" We were just discussing the silent treatment Hendrie said, like, "Hey Fozzy, what's up, man, all new?"
Even if they upset him a bit, they'll eventually make that surreal performance with their own Teammates celebrate. "We knew it was not impossible, but it was unlikely," Hendrie said. "The odds were very low, they do that in the hope that the stars will fit together perfectly, and they did. "