Coaches are often tight-lipped about starting goalies, so not knowing who will be between the pipes is a common occurrence. What happened to Anaheim in Colorado on Sunday, however, was a bit of an odd turn.
With starting goalie Frederik Andersen sidelined, rookie Jonathan Gibson was set to start against the Avalanche. Gibson, however, was injured during warmups, leaving backup Jason LaBarbera, who played games on Friday and Saturday with Norfolk of the AHL, as the lone healthy goalie.
"Rule 5.3: In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform. In the event that the two regular goalkeepers are injured or incapacitated in quick succession, the third goalkeeper shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time to get dressed, in addition to a two-minute warm-up (except when he enters the game to defend against a penalty shot). If, however, the third goalkeeper is dressed and on the bench when the second goalkeeper becomes incapacitated, the third goalkeeper shall enter the game immediately and no warm-up is permitted."
Even luckier for Anaheim is that the team's 45-year-old goalie coach Dwyane Roloson was in the Pepsi Center and eligible to suit up on a one-day contract, according to Altitude Sports. In fact, Roloson, he of 227 wins over a 14-season NHL career, practiced with the team just the other week.
It has been 928 days since Roloson played in his last NHL game on April 7, 2012 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. At 45, he immediately becomes the oldest player in the league, making 42-year-old Devils forward Jaromir Jagr look even more spry.