On Thursday, an accountant found the eyes of thousands of hockey fans fixated on him as he defended the Blackhawks goal. Scott Foster stepped onto the ice and helped Chicago beat the Winnipeg Jets after two players were out with injuries.
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.
Foster, 36, who played goalie at Western Michigan University and now participates in two recreational leagues, blocked all seven shots the Jets sent his way.
The Blackhawks have previously brought Foster to the rink just in case either team needs an emergency replacement goalie.
“Usually,” though, “I just head upstairs, watch the game from the press box, have a bite to eat, and head home,” he said.
“This is something that no one can ever take away from me,” Foster said. “It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. ... Just a ton of fun.”
Defenseman Brent Seabrook, who has won the Stanley Cup multiple times with the Blackhawks, had some praise for Foster.
“He was great,” Seabrook said. “I think the boys were doing whatever they could to help him out. He made some big saves. Fun night.”
Strangely, Foster said he didn’t feel particularly stressed when he stepped into the rink.
“You think there’d be a lot of pressure,” he said. “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?”
The fans seemed to enjoy his presence, and this will surely be a night Foster remembers.