A 36-year-old accountant got a surprise call to play goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night, and he had the game of his life. During warmups for Thursday’s game with the Jets, Chicago goaltender Anton Forsberg suffered a lower leg injury. That forced backup Collin Delia, who was called up to replace J.F. Berube this week, into the starting role. In his place, the Blackhawks brought in an emergency goalie – from the Johnny’s Icehouse adult league.
Little did he know what was coming about two hours later. With 15 minutes left to go in the game against the Jets, Delia exited the game with an injury, and in came Foster. In the process of fulfilling a lifelong dream, he also came up with a once in a lifetime performance. Facing a playoff-bound Winnipeg squad, Foster stopped all seven shots he faced over the final 14:01 of the game to hold onto the four-goal lead for a victory.
“That’s something you’ll never forget,” said Foster, who had the biggest media crowd of the night around his temporary locker at the United Center. ” You understand what’s happening and they’re going to have a lot of fun with it and you might as well do too.” When it was all over, it was Foster who was named the No. 1 star of the game, much to the delight of the crowd who’ve had less to cheer about than in the past.
Is America a great country or what?