NHL team forced to use former video scout as its backup goalie
Something crazy happened Friday night in Buffalo.
The Sabres traded their No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues.
That’s not the crazy part.
This is: All NHL teams must have a backup goalie so the Sabres, desperate for a body after the late trade, picked the team’s former video scout, Ryan Vinz, to dress for Friday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
The only problem with that? Vinz, 28, isn’t a professional hockey player. He’s the team’s former video scout who tried to walk-on to his college team while at Clarkson but didn’t make the squad. Instead, he served as Clarkson’s video coordinator for four years.
He’s currently the Director of Hockey Technology at a company in Buffalo called HarborCenter.
— Lauren Hall (@laurenmariehall) March 1, 2014
Talk about living the dream, at least for one night.
— Ryan Vinz (@i_am_RV) March 1, 2014
Sabres fans, reeling from the Miller news, had some fun with Vinz:
Start Ryan Vinz! Lol the only good story to come out of this. Who would've thought
— Justin Lamoreaux (@JLam990) March 1, 2014
The sabres backup goalie is Ryan vinz. He is the director of hockey technology for the Harbor Center. That is great!
— Samantha Willhauck (@SWillhauck1) March 1, 2014
— Scott (@ivyhurst) March 1, 2014
RYAN VINZ ISNT EVEN A REAL PLAYER!!!
— Jesse Alt-Winzig (@JesseAltWinzig) March 1, 2014