By Joey Nelson –
This season has undoubtedly had its ups and downs (Definitely more downs). But last night takes the cake as the best and most interesting game of the season. Brent Seabrook played in his 1000th NHL game which should have been the story of the night. Instead, the spotlight is turned onto Scott Foster. Who!? A 36 year old accountant who signed a contract to be the Hawks emergency backup goalie. After losing Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, then Foster was called upon to take the crease. This guy had to be shitting bricks since he thought he’d just be watching a game from the press box.
The Oak Park native made his first stop on Tyler Myers about a minute after being grabbed from the locker room. He saved all seven of the shots thrown his way in the 14 minutes he played. Foster was asked about the experience by reporters and said “The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of black out after that.” Yeah dude, no shit. Imagine being called into an NHL games just hours after number crunching in a cubicle.
The Blackhawks went on to beat Winnipeg 6-2 in a wild evening. Apparently Foster is good at his day job as an accountant but there’s no chance he’ll ever forget this moment. He also went on to say “This is something that no one can ever take away from me. It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. Just a ton of fun.” Good for you man, not many people can show up to an NHL game, out and have your name chanted by a sellout crowd at the Madhouse.
Hopefully this dude got the day off today. The thought of being at an all time high like this then having to return to the cube is brutal. Hopefully his team at Jonny’s Icehouse is playoff bound and they’re able to ride the hot goalie all the way to the ship. I think coach Q said it best, “What a moment”