The Blackhawks have been playing an accountant accountant on the keeper in the last ten minutes, and moved to a 6-2 win over the Jets on Thursday. Scott Foster's day job is "Accountant" but he stopped all seven shots he saw after a confluence of injuries had forced him into action. He made some legitimate nice saves against a real, playoff-tied NHL team and it prevailed.
Foster is a 36-year-old beer seller, and he has had a dream to live. He's not the first Nottorwart ever to play minutes for an NHL team – the Hurricanes played their equipment manager for a few minutes at least in 201
"That's something nobody can take away from me," Foster said after the game of a crowd of journalists. "It's something that I can go home and tell my children."
But the Blackhawks might not pay Foster anything.
The NHL has a peculiar rule about emergency goalkeepers. If a team has too few players in literally any other position, the team just has to absorb and play them. It does not matter to the league whether a team has to go through a whole game with 17 skaters, not 18. But teams are expected to dress two goalies for each game, and they can blow up the league's 23-man roster in an emergency , Chicago was in need on Thursday.
The Collective Agreement between the NHL and its players' union contains contract templates that teams must use for emergency goalkeepers such as Foster.
The team announced that Foster had been signed in a amateur tryout contract. The League's collective agreement states that one-day amateur tryouts can not get a salary or bonus.
The #Blackhawks have signed Scott Foster to an ATO today to serve in an emergency replacement role.
Foster, 36, played 4 seasons at @WMUHockey (2002-06), a record of 20-22-6 with a .875 saving percentage and 3.44 GAA.
– Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 30, 2018
The Blackhawks also had the option of signing Foster to a professional tryout agreement. Here is the form contract text for one of them, according to the CBA:
Given the opportunity to play in the NHL, get $ 500 and allow the player to keep his jersey, the player agrees to himself on request of the club, as [DATE] [LOCATION] to render services as a player.
This Agreement is for a period of one (1) day and a Club may only enter into such an agreement in accordance with Section 16.14 of the CBA. No additional payment, no bonus (of any kind) or any other form of compensation is permitted except as provided herein.
The player confirms that he has no other contractual obligations. The player further confirms that he has not terminated an existing contractual obligation to fulfill the above condition.
The club acknowledges that it is a player in this Professional Try-Out Agreement to resolve a last-minute injury, illness or suspension that results in the club not being able to dress two goalkeepers for an NHL game Callback is otherwise impossible (eg a recalled player could not arrive on time to participate in the game).
So, that's it: The player gets $ 500, and he can keep the jersey with his name. And, hey, that's great! You could live a fantasy far worse for a day.
But it looks like the Blackhawks have decided not to pay Foster anything at all.
Adam Burish just asked Scott Foster how much money he got this evening.
Foster: "Beer-League Glory Only."
– SCOTT FOSTER CITY HOCKEY (@ 2ndCityHockey) March 30, 2018
Here's something that could be pretty lame:
The league sells goods bearing Foster's name on it:
The link in this tweet goes to a page where you can customize your own Blackhawks gear. The league does not actually sell Foster jerseys. But it still uses the guy's name to make money that goes into the big revenue pot the teams share with their players. If it turns out that people are buying things under this pretext, it would be nice if Foster got a piece of it.
(Note: This post originally mentioned Foster signing a professional contract that entitles him to pay, and if the Blackhawks make an ATO message correct, Foster must not be paid under NHL rules. )