The Anaheim Ducks were in quite a pickle Friday night. With goalie Jonas Hiller sick and replacement call-up Igor Bobkov's flight running late, the Ducks were down to one goaltender, Viktor Fasth.
With such an important position that not everyone can play, you need two goalies. So who you gonna call? Rob Laurie.
You mean you don't know Rob Laurie, former Roller Hockey International star goaltender for the world champion Anaheim Bullfrogs?
Laurie is now 42 years old and played his last professional hockey game for the El Paso Buzzards in the Central Hockey League in 2002. He was signed to a one-day professional tryout contract by Anaheim to fill the void as the backup goalie until Bobkov could get to the Honda Center.
Laurie played four years at Western Michigan University before embarking on a nine-year professional career. He made it as high as the American Hockey League, getting one game with the Adirondack Red Wings during the 1995-96 season, but spent most of his days in the ECHL.
Throughout the summers of the mid-1990s, however, Laurie served as the netminder for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International and Major League Roller Hockey, the pro inline leagues. He also spent time in the Pro Beach Hockey League, which was an ESPN2 program known for mainly being roller hockey on a beach, with ramps, angled glass, a two-point line and really colorful jerseys.
Laurie just so happened to play for one of the best-named teams in all of PBH, the Web Warriors. The Internet sure was neat and cool and mysterious in 1998, so why not name a team after it?
A variation of MLRH still exists today. As do the Bullfrogs. In fact, they retired Laurie's number in 2011. Really. Here's the promo.
These emergency goalie stories really are a lot of fun, even though it's usually over in a blink. Laurie participated in warmups and sat on the bench for 3:53 of game time before Bobkov arrived.
He'll always be able to tell the story about that one time he "played" for the Anaheim Ducks, which is almost as cool as really playing for the Anaheim Bullfrogs.
(photo via goaliestore.com)