If you missed it happen live Saturday night, you probably heard about it shortly after.
With time ticking down in the Phoenix-Detroit game, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith took advantage of the Red Wings’ extra attacker and fired the puck down the ice and into the empty net. It was a buzzer beater and barely counted to make the final tally Phoenix 5, Detroit 2.
Smith’s goal was the 14th time an NHL netminder had scored in the league’s history. Martin Brodeur holds the all-time mark with three, one ahead of Ron Hextall, the only other goalie who has more than one.
It’s rare to see a goalie score, so it’s a special occasion each time it happens. How often does it happen outside of the NHL? We reached out via Twitter for tales of other goalies who managed to pop one in. We got three completely different takes: one who had to come out of his crease, one who scored inadvertently, and one who’s done it twice – including with the other goalie still in the net!
So, over to you, starting with a story from the Canadian University ranks…
I play for Trinity Western University (Tier 2 Canadian University) in B.C., and our team was short seven guys from the lineup for various reasons (suspension, injury).
During practice we had more goalies than skaters, so I put on some of the player gear through the week at practice just having some fun. On Wednesday, our coach approached me and said I was playing this weekend as a forward. We all thought it was hilarious, but there I was, one of the goalies on our team skating in player gear for the weekend.
In the first game of a two-game set, I scored the first goal of the game on a 2-on-0 with only 1:48 left in the first period.
As a goalie, I have backed up in the WHL a little bit, spent a little bit of time in the BCHL and the KIJHL, but most of my playing career has been here at TWU and this is one of the highlights I have had and will always remember. The guys gave me the puck and let me keep the stick I scored with as souveniers.
Here is a link to the boxscore.
You know what they say about goalie goals: “box score or it didn’t happen.” On to Winnipeg and a pretty regrettable goal against for the other team…
I was 14 playing for the Varsity View Falcons in Winnipeg when I scored…or rather was credited for my goal.
I made a pad save on a shot and the rebound went to the opponent, then we had a delayed penalty coming against us so their goalie went to the bench for an extra skater. The forward who picked up the rebound, then went to pass it to the defenseman, who had just turned to the bench for a change. The pass went all the way down the ice into their own net. Being the last player on my team to touch the puck, I was credited for my first goal in seven years. I still have the puck and game sheet in a frame in my room.
Ouch, indeed. And finally, we get a story from the pro ranks from someone who’s done it more than once…
I’ve scored two.
One in a pre-season ECHL game for the Toledo Storm vs. the Columbus Chill. Empty-netter!
The second still might be the only time a goalie scored vs. a manned net. I shot a puck down the ice six minutes into the game while playing for the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Louisville’s goalie (Alaine Morrisette) came out to play the puck and shot it into his own net. I was the last player to touch the puck and was credited with the goal.
It was also the game’s first goal. LOL!
Nick Vitucci, Head Coach/Director Of Hockey Operations
Toledo Walleye – ECHL
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