Beer League Goalie Suits up for Blackhawks

posted by Mike Steele -

He's an accountant by day, and a recreational league goaltender a few nights a week in Chicago. 

Thursday night, he got to play between the pipes for his hometown NHL team, the Blackhawks.

36-year old Scott Foster played his collegiate hockey at Western Michigan, and spent some time in the minors with the Western Ontario Hockey League. To stay in shape, he plays in a beer league at an indoor ice rink near the Hawks' home arena.

Because of a current injury to the team's starter Corey Crawford, and because the backup goalie was injured before the game, Foster was called as an emergency backup. He thought he would just watch the game from the press box and go home. Well, the 3rd string netminder got muscle cramps during the 3rd period, and they needed Foster to suit up.

He made saves on all seven shots he faced and preserved the Blackhawks' 6-2 victory. He even got the United Center crowd chanting FOS-TER FOS-TER. In the locker room afterwards, his teammates awarded him the "belt" for the game's outstanding performance. 

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