Accountant fills in as emergency goalie for NHL team, makes 7 saves

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A 36-year-old accountant at a financial firm was called in as a last-minute replacement for a Chicago Blackhawks goalie in a National Hockey League game, and managed to make seven saves without letting a single puck in the net.

Scott Foster, of Oak Park, Ill., works as a senior financial accountant at Golub Capital in the Chicago area. He had signed up to be an emergency goaltender for the Blackhawks and often attended the games. He finally got his chance on Thursday night, helping the Blackhawks win against the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks’ starting goalie, Corey Crawford, was out because of an injury and backup goalie Anton Forsberg was hurt shortly before the game, according to NPR. Another emergency fill-in goalie, Collin Delia, needed to leave the game during the third period after he felt cramping. That gave Foster his chance, and fortunately he was on hand to save the day for the Blackhawks.

“I’m an accountant by day, so a few hours ago I was sitting behind the computer typing on a 10-key,” he told reporters. “Now I’m standing before you guys and I just finished 14 and a half minutes of NHL hockey.”

Foster’s main hockey experience before then was playing four seasons as a goalie for his college hockey team at Western Michigan University, where he had a .875 save percentage. He had also played for the Petrolia Jets in the Western Ontario Hockey League. However, he hadn’t played competitive hockey in 13 years. He has two young children. Thanks to Foster’s seven saves during his 14 and half minutes on the ice, the Blackhawks managed to hold off the Jets, winning by a score of 6 to 2.

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