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Foster to help Blackhawks for some morning skates

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CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Foster is going to help the Chicago Blackhawks at some optional morning skates after his memorable appearance as an emergency goaltender last season.

Foster joined regular goalies Corey Crawford and Cam Ward for practice Thursday morning before Chicago’s game against the New York Rangers.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Foster was receptive when they told him about the opportunity.

”I think he likes the idea, yeah,” a grinning Quenneville said. ”It beats the beer league.”

Foster is part of a crew of recreational goaltenders who staff Chicago’s home games in case of emergencies for either team. He was pressed into action March 29 against Winnipeg and stopped all seven shots he faced over the final 14 minutes of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 victory.

The 36-year-old Foster, an accountant who played college hockey for Western Michigan, became a fan favorite after his successful NHL debut. He was honored at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas, and the team also paid tribute to him at its fan convention.

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USHL team invites Blackhawks’ Scott Foster to be their ’emergency accountant’

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Let’s hope that because it’s a holiday weekend Scott Foster was given Friday off, or at least allowed to leave early from his job at Golub Capital in order to recover and celebrate a pretty neat achievement from the night before.

On Thursday, Foster became a sensation when he was called into action by the Chicago Blackhawks. Serving as the team’s emergency backup goaltender, he was brought into the game when Collin Delia, starting in place of Anton Forsberg, who suffered a pre-game injury, started cramping in the third period.

Foster, an accountant and beer leaguer who played at Western Michigan over a decade ago, went from his spot in the Blackhawks’ press box to pulling on the pads and playing the final 14:01, stopping all seven shots he faced and earning first star honors during a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

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The Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League can’t sign Foster due to the fact that its a league for 16-21 year olds. Foster is 36, so the only way he can be part of the team is to put his skills from his day job to good use for the junior hockey team.

On Friday, the Steel proposed to Foster that he should come join the team as the their emergency accountant.

“If Scott can handle itemized deductions as well as he handles a Dustin Byfuglien slap shot, he’ll be a great asset,” said Steel President Dan Lehv in a release that is chock-full of accounting puns. “To perform like he did, in the height of tax season, really showed us how well he can balance things.”

If Foster prefers to remain at Golub Capital, the Steel are hoping he will at least accept their invitation to do the ceremonial face-off honors before their Fan Appreciation Night game on April 13. From the sounds of it, he appears to be someone who isn’t intimidated by many situations. That’d be a good asset for the Steel to add to their organization.

“You think there’d be a lot of pressure,” Foster said Thursday night. “But really, tomorrow, I’m going to wake up, I’m going to button up my shirt and I’m going to go back to my day job. What pressure is there for me?”

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.