St. Louis Blues season-ticket holder Tyler Stewart would likely have been at Scottrade Center for the Dallas Stars game on Thursday anyway, but he wasn't expecting to be in pads as their emergency goalie.
Stewart, who competes in an adult hockey league and formerly played goalie for St. Louis University's club team, got a phone call from the Blues at around 14:00 and was told his services were needed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Back-up goalie Carter Hutton sustained a lower-body injury during the morning skate and would not be ready to go, and third-choice goalie Ville Husso's flight from San Antonio was not scheduled to arrive in time for the game.
"I was completely caught off guard by it," Stewart said of the phone call. "Just nuts is how I'd describe it. A dream come true obviously to be able to do the warm-ups.
"I thought maybe there was an off-chance I'd sit on the bench or do something like that. But it was awesome just to do the warm-ups."
After signing an amateur try-out contract, Stewart put on the number 98 jersey for warm-ups. When the game started, he was on standby in the locker room, but Husso made it to the team's bench with about five minutes left in the first period. Had starter Jake Allen got injured before Husso arrived, the Blues would have put Stewart between the pipes.
Stewart said he would have relished the opportunity to get into the game, which the Blues won 3-0, but he didn't want Allen to get hurt - he is a St Louis fan, after all.
"Even though I'm not an NHL-quality goalie, I would love to do it," Stewart said.