Not in the modern era that Im aware of. The most famous (or infamous) instance was way back in 1928 when 44yr old GM/Coach Lester Patrick donned the pads in the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal when his goalie took a game ending puck in the eye. Patrick had been a standout defenceman as a player but had retired 6yrs earlier & certainly had never played goal. No backup's were used back then, so if your goalie did get hurt often the trainer or a minor pro/junior goalie would fill in. In this case, there were a couple of pro's in the crowd willing but the Habs refused to accept them. One of NY's defencemen volunteered but he was too important to the team to be stuck in the crease, and Lester was running out of time. Over 2 regulation periods he only let in one goal, the game going into over-time, the Rangers winning 2-1 and going on to win the Stanley Cup later in the series.
There have been other cases, plenty of them actually and some pretty hilarious of the starter going down, the backup or replacement in the crowd having to be tracked down in the nearest bar, 3 sheets to the wind, never expecting to be called upon. Back in the day, some of the teams paid a small per-diem and free tickets to a minor leaguer or junior goalie to attend, just in case, a nice night out if you sold the ticket & spent the per-diem on Whiskey, Women & Song. But WHILE the game was going on?...
Last edited by Killion: 11-20-2011 at 08:19 PM.
I can't recall anything like that happening in the NHL but I vividly recall it happening in the OHL a long time ago now when I was at a Rangers' home game as a kid.
Kitchener Rangers vs Brantford Alexanders - Dec 20, 1980 (yeah, a long time ago, and I cheated, I had to look it up)
Wendell Young started the game and was ejected about halfway through with the score tied a 4-4 (he was subsequently suspended for 2 games for this incident as were 4 other Rangers and an unknown number of Alexanders).
Backup, Steve Bienkowski came in relief, allowed 3, but was hurt and was unable to finish the game with about 9 minutes remaining.
Enter forward Jeff Larmer (yes, younger brother to Steve) who strapped on Young's pads and finished the game stopping all shots he faced.
Alas, Kitchener couldn't get the tying goal with Larmer between the pipes and lost 7-6. Damn!
My memory tells me this has been covered on this board. I remember telling about how the Detroit Red Wings trainer during the 1950s, filled in several times when a starting keeper was injured, even for the team playing the Wings And he performed very well since he often served as the Red Wing practice goaltender. Of course he was serving as a second goalkeeper, not a third. There was no backup regularly available to each team in those days.
There was the recent case, just a couple of nights ago in Minnesota. The Wild having to pull a 51yr old Beer League'r in as a backup when they found themselves short. The guy was game, participated in the warm-up, but alas one of the regulars showed up at the last minute...
Glenn Hall, Robbie Irons & Jacques Plante all played for the Blues.
Glenn Hall was ejected; Robbie Irons came in until Plante who was sitting in the stands had time to get dressed.
Ironically this was Irons only appearance in the NHL.
Dec 11 1968
Jacques Plante, Gary Edwards & Glenn Hall all played for the Blues. Edwards replaced Plante after struck in forehead on shot by Stan Mikita and had to receive 15 stitches. Edwards finished the first period and replaced by Hall at the start of the second. This was Gary Edwards only appearance for the Blues that year.
Bowman had a habit of having the '3rd' goalie dress as the backup and the non starter not dress.