This is going to sound more like the set up for a feel good Disney film than reality, but it is real. The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will be hosting open tryouts on September 27th to find an emergency goaltender. Yup, they're holding open tryouts for anyone who has played goaltender at some level above rollerblades on the street.
Seems the NHL requires each home team to have an emergency goalie in the stands for every game. And Kings president Luc Robitaille thinks, "this will be a good opportunity to see who in our area is best qualified for the job. It will be interesting, that's for sure." The tryouts will be at the team's training facility and a member of the Kings hockey operations department is promised to be on hand to evaluate. You'd think they'd send a coach, but at least it's someone official.
Now, you can just be a someone off the street who has never seen ice before unless it was in a soda. You must be at least 18 years old and have played a high level of amateur hockey… but never having signed a professional contract. You also have to be able to attend the tryout (of course), home game and possibly some practices.
The Kings aren't the only ones, the New Jersey Devils will be trying out players on September 23rd at the Prudential Center.
Last year, the Carolina Hurricanes ended up signing and then using their emergency goalie. Jorge Alves, a 37-year-old equipment manager ended up playing for eight seconds in the third period of a game that they were trailing by two goals.