Thursday afternoon—Scott Foster, CPA, was typing away, working as a Senior Financial Accountant at Golub Capital. Little did he know that in a few hours, he would jump into his first NHL game as goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks in Distress
With Corey Crawford’s injury and Jean-Francois Bérubé being waived, the Chicago Blackhawks headed into their game against the Winnipeg Jets with only one goalie on their active roster. So when the Blackhawks’ scheduled goaltender Anton Forsberg was injured during morning practice, the team was forced to debut their rookie goaltender Collin Delia.
Of course, the unthinkable happens and even their last goalie ends up getting injured in the third period. With their backs against the wall, the Blackhawks do what millions of people do everyday—turn to a CPA for help.
There were no GAAPs in Scott Foster’s goaltending. He went on to fend off all seven shots on the net, securing the Blackhawks’ 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Accountant by Day, NHL Goaltender by Night
As an emergency backup goalie (EBUG), Scott probably never expected to play. EBUGs are allowed to step onto the ice when either team is out of options, but there has only been one prior instance of an EBUG entering a game (and it was only for a few seconds). That is not to say that Scott was completely unqualified.
For the past decade, while working as a fund accountant, Scott has played in local rec leagues during his free time. Before that, he played for Western Michigan University’s varsity hockey team. He was also surprisingly composed. After the game, Scott said:
“It’s funny, you’d think there’d be a ton of pressure. But really, tomorrow I’m going to wake up, I’m going to button up my shirt and I’m going to go back to my day job. So what pressure is there for me?”
A Night to Remember
The United Center started chanting Scott’s name in the final minutes. After the game, Scott was mobbed by his teammates, named the night’s first star, and awarded the team belt.
Even the Jets’ coach Paul Maurice recognized that, “it’s tough for anyone to come in 50 minutes into a hockey game, let alone a guy who hasn’t played in the [NHL]. A great moment for him.”
“I’m gonna remember this one for a long, long time…it’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends…just a ton of fun.”
Scott Foster’s advents will be immortalized in hockey history, as well as on Twitter.
In the meantime, we hope Scott (and all of you) are surviving the busy season…