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.

Talk about living the dream, at least for one night.

Sabres fans, reeling from the Miller news, had some fun with Vinz: