Why is this (regarding emergency backup goalies)?
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11-20-2012, 10:24 AM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
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I would be interested to learn if an emergency call up ever got a chance to play!
There have been instances in Flyers' history where emergency goalies dressed for games. These are among them though there are others, too:
In 1968 at LA: Dennis Roy, an NHL off ice official in Los Angeles where he was on the staff of the Canadian Consulate, served as the Flyers' backup after both Doug Favell and Bernie Parent (who played the entire game) had the flu. Roy wore number 1, which was Favell's number at the time.
In 1972, Bruce Gamble suffered a heart attack during a game and never played again. The team was on a west coast trip. The Flyers searched for a goalie and signed Russ Gillow who was with his WHL team. He was the Flyers' backup for one game at the Oakland Seals.
Late in 1990 against NJ: Dave Settlemyre, the team's trainer, was the backup goalie because scheduled starter Ken Wregget suffered a pulled left hamstring in warmups which sidelined him the rest of the season. Pete Peeters played the entire game.
The team's first game after Pelle Lindbergh died, Bob Froese was injured earlier in the week which meant recall Darren Jensen played against Edmonton. The emergency recall goalie and backup that night was Mike Bloski but he was in the minors prior to being backup until Froese returned.
To answer the question of actually playing, when the Caps dressed their website editor for a game a couple or so years ago, I seem to recall an attached reference mentioned that he would have been the first to play which he did not. So, my guess is that since the NHL went to the two-goalie system in the mid-1960s, it hasn't happened.
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