Foster fulfills dream in Blackhawks' win

Oak Parker had seven saves as Chicago's emergency goalie

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

March 29, 2018 will be a day Scott Foster never forgets. After turning in a typical work day as an accountant at Golub Capital, the 36-year-old Oak Park resident spent his evening improbably making his NHL debut as an emergency goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Foster had seven saves for a 1.000 save percentage in 14 minutes of action against the Winnipeg Jets and their third-ranked NHL offense. The Blackhawks defeated the Jets 6-2.

"A few hours ago I was sitting on my computer typing on the 10-key, and now I'm standing in front of you guys, just finished 14 and a half minutes of NHL hockey," Foster told the media after the game. "From my perspective, this is a dream regardless. This is something that no one can ever take away from me, it's something I can go home and tell my kids."

Nicknamed "Fozzy" by his hockey rec league buddies, Foster had his number called due to a glut of injured goalkeepers for the Blackhawks, including Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia.

"The initial shock happened when I had to dress," Foster said. "You just kind of block out after that."

Crawford has been on the injured reserve list since December, while Forsberg and Delia were injured during warmups and the third period, respectively, during the game against Winnipeg.

Foster suited up just minutes before the game once he was informed of Forsberg's injury. After Delia went down in the third period with cramping, Foster's dream became reality as he entered the game wearing jersey number 90. He didn't allow a goal and stopped multiple shots, notably from Jets' star Paul Stasny and former Blackhawk Dustin Byfuglien.

Prior to his NHL appearance, Foster played college hockey at Western Michigan University from 2002-2006. He had a 20-22-6 record with a .975 save percentage and 3.44 goals against average while playing for the Broncos. He also played for the Petrolia Jets of the Western Ontario Hockey League.

Currently, he plays in a rec league at Johnny's Icehouse located just a few blocks from the United Center.

Foster, who attends about 15 games a season, typically spends his time at the United Center eating snacks and watching the Blackhawks from the 300 level press box in the upper reaches of the Madhouse on Madison.

On one special occasion, however, his location was between the pipes of the Blackhawks' net as 20,000-plus fans chanted his name in the closing seconds of an unforgettable game.


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Jim Frenkel  

Posted: April 4th, 2018 10:10 AM

Great article and even better story! Congrats to Mr. Foster!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: April 1st, 2018 10:39 AM

This story is a prime case of irresponsible journalism and an endangerment of our children. This story may lead some child to playing ice hockey, which is a distant cousin of football, which is a hazard to children because of the possibility of concussions. The children being free to make their own decisions my possibly want to ride their bicycles without a helmet, marking them for a chance of concussion. The Journal should be leading the way to get our children away from any contact sports in which a score is kept and winners and losers documented by accursed numbers, further damaging the childs self esteem .Participation tophies, now and forever, and on demand. Even track and field is dangerous because physical exertion causes the release of deadly greenhouse gases Track and Field are sometimes played outdoors, exposing our children and spectators to harmful sunlight. .Helmetless competitive swimming should be banned because of the slim possibility of a swimmer hitting their head against a wall, and divers striking their heads against hard water. Sports like water ballet and badminton should be placed at the fore front. Of course, the term shuttle cock in badminton should be changed to say "an object placed into the atmosphere with the least amount of force" because of the masculine overtones to the term shuttlecock. I ask you all to join my crusade to save Oak Park children from the internal and external pressure of playing harmful concussion prone sports. Make Oak Park a concussion free sports zone.After all, this is for the good of the children. And children must be saved from themselves.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: March 31st, 2018 2:47 PM

Great story!!!! And the Blackhawks don't even have to pay him since this was considered a "try-out" - the honor and thrill is probably payment enough, but still...

Tim Red  

Posted: March 31st, 2018 2:16 AM

I ran into Mr. Foster tonight in Oak Park! Recognized him and he was such a gentleman! Took pictures with everyone! Great job Scott! Thanks!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 30th, 2018 7:51 PM

First Darren Pang, and now Scott Foster.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: March 30th, 2018 5:56 PM

Wow. My nomination for coolest story of the year. Had no idea this was even possible.

Marty Bracco  

Posted: March 30th, 2018 4:51 PM

That was so great! Good for him!

Scott J. Frankel  

Posted: March 30th, 2018 4:11 PM


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