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

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).