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.
The #Blackhawks have signed Scott Foster to an ATO today to serve in an emergency backup role.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 30, 2018
Foster, 36, played 4 seasons at @WMUHockey (2002-06), posting a record of 20-22-6 with an .875 save percentage and 3.44 GAA.
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.
Scott Foster, now in goal for the Blackhawks, has the following goaltending resume on HockeyDB pic.twitter.com/ywrigpJBHI— Paul Campbell (@WayToGoPaul) March 30, 2018
That changed in the third period after Delia’s injury. It had been over a decade since Foster had played in a competitive game.
Emergency goalie Scott Foster is now in net for the #Blackhawks— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 30, 2018
He last played a competitive hockey game on Oct 15, 2005 for Western Michigan allowing 3 goals in relief vs Robert Morris U
Attendance was 2,520
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.
Fans chanting "Foster"— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) March 30, 2018
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:
"A few hours ago you're working your day job, and then you're living your dream." ❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2mP5sPkig— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 30, 2018
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:
Hilarious post-game interview from 36-year-old Scott Foster, who was called into action as the Blackhawks Emergency Backup Goaltender tonight pic.twitter.com/p4ExOQz8oA— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 30, 2018
Even coach Joel Quenneville had to laugh:
Quenneville enjoyed tonight pic.twitter.com/OJwQFEI5b5— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) March 30, 2018
Adam Burish just asked Scott Foster how much money he got paid tonight.— SCOTT FOSTER CITY HOCKEY (@2ndCityHockey) March 30, 2018
Foster: "Just beer league glory."
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.
2 times this year goalies have been called to NHL teams from our Elite League. Alec Rounds to LA. Scott Foster to Chicago. Come see Scott play in the semis this Friday at Johnny’s East. #eliteleague pic.twitter.com/aIJ5VXLkGU— Johnny's IceHouse (@johnnysicehouse) March 30, 2018