If both NHL goalies on a team are injured, then anyone can step in to the role — and we mean anyone!
If you have ever had the desire to be part of your favourite sports team, then the NHL is the place to be. According to the rule book, if both of the goalies are injured, the team can call on literally any goalie available to suit up and play for the rest of the match.
But, don't get your hopes up about playing for an NHL team any time soon. Most teams these days have an emergency backup goalie who will only dress after the first goalie goes down.
In the past a variety of team members have played the position of Emergency Backup Goalie or EBUG. One team used their team owner, while another used their coach. A team even suited up their web designer during a game when their first goalie went down.
Most often, though, teams will employ either retired professional players to sit on the bench or, for the smaller teams, college students would be invited to act as the EBUG.
EBUGs are generally not paid for their appearance and are certainly not expected to actually play, so it would not be as exciting as it sounds to play for a professional sports team!