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Blackhawks turn to emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster

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We can’t make this stuff up.

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In a series of events that’s indicative of the Chicago Blackhawks luck during the 2017-18 NHL season, rookie goaltender Collin Delia went down with an injury during the third period of Thursday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

But that created another problem for the Hawks. Delia was already filling in for Anton Forsberg, who was supposed to start the game but was injured just a few hours before the game.

Enter emergency goaltender Scott Foster.

With Delia down and Forsberg out, Foster took the ice just a few hours after that tweet was sent out. He’s the sixth goalie to suit up for the Blackhawks this season, the most the team has used since the 2003-04 season.

More details about Foster’s background rolled in after the game. He works as an accountant during the day and has been the “press box attendee” a handful of times this season, but he was en route to the United Center on Thursday when he found out about Forsberg’s pregame injury and knew he’d have to suit up. But he didn’t know he was ultimately going to play.

That changed in the third period after Delia’s injury. It had been over a decade since Foster had played in a competitive game.

Foster’s been playing at Johnny’s Ice House in the elite league, and he looked like an old pro once he got on the ice, stopping all seven shots on goal that he faced. The crowd roared louder each time he kept the puck out of the net.

After the game, Foster was mobbed by his new teammates. And, of course, he got the on-ice interview on the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast:

And after the game, there was only one way to properly reward him for that performance:

[UPDATES] Scott Foster was delightful in his postgame interviews. Here’s the whole thing, as aired on NBC Sports Chicago:

Even coach Joel Quenneville had to laugh:

Speaking of that beer league, all eyes at the rink that hosts Foster’s league — Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago — were on the TV as Foster took to the United Center ice.