From Excel to the NHL — All in a Day’s Work for This Accountant

Mar 30, 2018 | By Blake Oliver

Scott Foster, of Oak Park, IL, is an accountant by day. By night, he’s an “emergency backup” goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, a role that usually means just standing around, watching the game from the press box.

But Thursday night was different: Scott Foster played in his first NHL game. As the team’s emergency goalie, Foster never expected to hit the ice with the Blackhawks. But when both goaltender Anton Forsberg and second string goalie Collin Delia got hurt, the team called on Foster to fill in.

“I’m an accountant by day, said Foster in his post-game interview. ”A few hours ago I was sitting on my computer typing on a ten-key, and now I’m standing in front of you guys, just finished fourteen and a half minutes of NHL hockey.”

Scott Foster quoteAnd a great fourteen minutes it was — Foster turned away all seven shots that came his way. Despite his amazing performance, Foster maintains a sense of humor about the whole episode: “You just keep grinding away in Men’s League, and eventually you’ll get your shot,” he says.

Today, Foster is back to his accounting gig, probably getting ready to start the month-end close. To find out how you can free up your schedule so you can spend more time on the ice, check out our Definitive Guide to Effective Close Management (for those accountants not already drafted by the NHL).

Blake Oliver
Blake Oliver, CPA, is an entrepreneur, accountant, writer, and speaker who specializes in cloud accounting technology. In 2016 and 2017, Blake was named a “40 Under 40” in the accounting profession by CPA Practice Advisor. He is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for FloQast.

Check out additional resources from our resource library

You Might Also Like

Posted on March 20, 2019 by

Simple, Yet Significant: Meet James Richman, the Award-Winning Designer Behind FloQast’s User Experience

When we say that FloQast was built for accountants by accountants, we mean it. FloQast was founded by two former CPAs who worked as Big Four auditors, and every department at FloQast boasts at least one former accountant or auditor who can offer their teammates insight into what it’s really like to be a part... Read more »
Read More

Posted on December 14, 2013 by

The Big 4 Accounting Firms Love Sports, Especially Golf

The Big 4 accounting firms love themselves some sports.  Let’s take a look at the CPA connection in the world of sports: Ernst & Young: -The global brand will continue it’s visibility worldwide with a strategic partnership for the Summer Olympics inRio 2016. -In golf connections, E&Y is sponsor of the Ryder Cup. -Fun fact: Former... Read more »
Read More