It’s the sort of thing we’ve all dreamt of as our heads loll at our desks during hour six of a soul-killing nine-to-five, but for Illinois’ Scott Foster, the fantasy became real. The 36-year-old accountant, dad of two, and rec league hockey player was called up as the Chicago Blackhawk’s emergency backup goalie Thursday night and blocked seven shots to secure the team’s win against the Winnipeg Jets.
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Foster, who previously played for Western Michigan University, found himself on the ice at the Blackhawks’ arena after a string of bad luck left the team down three goaltenders. Anton Forsberg, who was replacing injured starting goalie Corey Crawford, was himself injured during a pregame warm up. Forsberg’s replacement, Collin Delia, was forced out of the game by muscle cramps. That meant that Foster, whose role as emergency backup goalie generally involves snacking while watching the games from a box, was called up.
As Foster blocked a total of seven shots, protecting the Blackhawks’ lead, fans in the arena chanted his name. At the end of the game, he was awarded the team belt.
“A few hours ago I was sitting on my computer,” said Foster, “Now I’m standing in front of you guys just finished fourteen and a half minutes of NHL hockey. From my perspective, this is a dream regardless. This is something that no one an ever take away from me, it’s something that I can go home and tell my kids, and they can tell their friends.”