Last night, Chicago Blackhawks fans witnessed the feel-good story of the season, when the Hawks made the call to Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant who attends every Blackhawks game as the emergency backup, bringing his equipment along.
The accountant by day took over in net after Anton Forsberg was a scratch after being injured in practice this morning, and when Collin Delia took over in his NHL debut but was injured in the third period, with no one on the bench to replace him.
The Hawks trusted Foster, whose only hockey stats (.875 save percentage, 3.44 GAA) came at Western Michigan those many years ago, who came in to save the day.
The former college goalie stopped all seven shots he faced over the final 14 minutes of the Blackhawks' 6-2 victory over the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets. After a brief warmup period, Foster settled down in the net and stopped his first shot a minute later. He also made another stop on Tyler Myers and turned away Paul Stastny and Dustin Byfuglien in the final minutes. When it was over, his teammates crowded him in net to congratulate him.
Everyone was impressed with Foster, who kept his cool and managed to keep the victory with the team. Everyone was impressed? Not so fast. Former NHL defenseman and current analyst for the NHL Network Ryan Whitney had a lot to say about Foster and his short NHL career.
The former blue liner, who retired in 2015, did not hold back on social media, and blasted Foster on his Twitter account for coming in and helping the Blackhawks:
"Now starting for your Chicago Blackhawks #90 first name unknown last name Foster who played goalie in college 15 years ago and looks like he’s too short for the rides at canobie lake park."
"Shoot the puck Winnipeg ! This guy probably struggles in men’s league with the occasional snap shot cross bar level."
He did not end there:
"Scott foster needs to relay to someone who can make his instagram and Twitter not private and bring him some national league level clothes to leave the rink in."
"Scott Foster is a disaster. Every men’s league player in the world currently thinks they can play in the national."
What is wrong with you, Whitney? Jealous that you cannot play at this level anymore, are you?
Leave Chicago's hero alone!