Being the backup in a professional sport is often a fairly painless job. You could easily spend all your time on the bench as you are only needed in extreme circumstances. Scott Foster, who is an accountant during the day, found himself suddenly needed in the starting lineup after the rest of the team’s goalies went down with injuries. Spoiler alert: He was actually good.
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Foster, an emergency goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, stopped every shot that was directed towards his goal. According to Fox News, Foster entered the match during the final 14 minutes of Thursday’s game and stopped all seven shots, which helped the Blackhawks win 6-2.
Ordinarily, Foster would sit in the press box, have himself a nice meal and sit back and relax. Since he is an emergency goalie, he doesn’t dress in the team garb. His mundane life as an accountant was flipped on its head that night with his impressive saves.
EMERGENCY GOALTENDER SCOTT FOSTER FILLS IN AND MAKES HIS FIRST CAREER SAVE! pic.twitter.com/D6CZ7HPfof
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) March 30, 2018
The starting goalie, Anton Forsberg injured himself during warm-ups and would have to miss the game. Thankfully, the team had signed another goalie, Collin Delia, days earlier. In a strange turn of events, however, the newly-signed Delia went down with an injury of his own in the third period.
Foster was called on to help his team secure the victory against the Winnipeg Jets. A mere hours before, Foster was working as an accountant. Later that day, he was in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
“The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of black out after that,” the 36-year-old father of two said.
According to CBS Sports, his hockey profile is next to non-existent, and he hasn’t played a meaningful game since 2006. Still, it’s evident the time he spent apart from the sport didn’t have a negative impact on his hockey skills.
In fact, it may have helped him become one of the most well-known players in the hockey world overnight.