The Buffalo Sabres Had A Former Video Scout Dress As Their Backup Goalie Last Night

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by Tommy Gimler

One glance at this picture, and it looks like even Ryan Vinz is ecstatic he didn’t see any time on the ice in last night’s 4-2 win over San Jose. I mean, is it just us, or does he not look almost as out of place as a woman at a Mensa conference?

Just over an hour before the Sabres-Sharks game was set to begin, Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott were traded to St. Louis, pushing backup goalie Jhonas Enroth into a starting role since he was the only goalie left on Buffalo’s roster.

But since NHL rules state that a team must dress a backup goalie, the Sabres found themselves about as fucked as a car full of black men in Beverly Hills. Their solution? You guessed it: dress a former video scout and current Director of Technology at the Harbor Center as the backup goalie and pray to Christ he doesn’t see the ice.

Well, it worked. Enroth finished the night with 36 saves en route to just his second home win since last April.

It’s not the first time a professional sports team has brought in somebody with zero big league talent out of necessity. In 2008, Brett Leonhardt was the producer for the Washington Capitals website one minute and their backup goalie the next after actual goalie and huge pussy Jose Theodore went down during the morning skate. Tom Fenton was in the middle of getting a haircut when he got the call from the Phoenix Coyotes, and he wore his mask the whole time he rode the bench because the Phoenix players told him it was the rule.

And just last year, the Milwaukee Brewers gave Yuniesky Betancourt a roster spot the entire season, and they even let him play in games that counted…

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