The St. Louis Blues were slated to take on the Dallas Stars at their home arena Thursday night, but they ran into a bit of a goaltender shortage.
Carter Hutton got injured during the morning practice so the Blue called up Ville Husso from their AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage (think of it like minor league baseball). The issue is that Husso couldn’t make it to the arena in time for the opening faceoff.
So Blues season ticket holder Tyler Stewart got an opportunity he won’t soon forget.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 8, 2017
Tyler is a vending machine worker by day and used to play junior hockey at a high level.
Upon learning that there was the logistics issue with Husso, the Blues signed 25-year-old Tyler to a tryout contract.
— Darren R Pang (@Panger40) December 8, 2017
When it was time for the game, Tyler casually skated onto the ice and participated in pre-game warmups alongside starting goalie Jake Allen.
When the game started, Tyler watched – fully dressed – from the locker room until Husso was able to get to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) December 8, 2017
Although he was only the backup goalie for 15 minutes, officially, the memory of having everyday conversations with his pro teammates, listen in on head coach Mike Yeo’s speech, and warm up in front of his hometown will last a lifetime.
“It was like a dream come true, obviously,” Stewart said.