Monday, December 16, 2013

Rob Laurie

3 NHL Games

April 5, 2013 Anaheim Ducks vs Dallas Stars. 1-3 loss.
January 5, 2014 Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks. 3-4 loss.
March 31, 2014 Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings. 3-2 win.

   A Western Michigan University graduate, Rob Laurie played professional hockey from 1992 to 2002. The highest level of hockey he attained was playing one game for the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings during the 1995/1996 season.  
   Early April 2013, the Anaheim Ducks lost starting goalie Jonas Hiller to a sudden case of the flu. Viktor Fasth was set to take over Hiller's start against the Dallas Stars but the Ducks were left without a backup keeper. They recalled Igor Bobkov from the AHL but his flight was delayed and he wasn't in town for game time. Enter Rob Laurie, the former professional goalie working at a nearby equipment retailer called MonkeySports. The team was familiar with Laurie as he had developed an off ice friendship with Jonas Hiller and occasionally practiced with the team. Laurie was signed to an emergency contract by the Ducks and started the game on the bench. He served as the Ducks' backup goalie for 4 minutes, after which Bobkov had arrived in time to take Laurie's place for the remainder of the contest.  
   Early January 2014, the Vancouver Canucks were in town to play the Ducks. Roberto Luongo had been injured the night before. His replacement, Joacim Eriksson, was too far away from Anaheim to make it to the game on time. The Ducks pointed Vancouver in the direction of Rob Laurie and he was given a second shot at the NHL. He dressed as Eddie Lack's backup, this time for the whole game.
  Rob Laurie had a year he'll never forget. He suited up for three NHL teams, all in improbable and extremely lucky situations. His third contract was signed with the Minnesota Wild when Darcy Kuemper was injured in the team's morning skate. In California and without a backup for Ilya Bryzgalov, this time it was the the Minnesota Wild who turned to Laurie. Laurie earned $500 for each of his three appearances in the NHL and somewhere he has three of the best souvenirs you could ask for, game worn jerseys with his name on the back.
   If Laurie's three separate appearances as an NHL backup weren't interesting enough, he can actually be seen in the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme action thriller film Sudden Death making saves as the goalie "Tolliver" during the hockey action scenes. 

  • Wore #43 with Anaheim, #35 with Vancouver and #33 with Minnesota

Career stats from
Born  -- East Lansing, MI
Height 5.10 -- Weight 175
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1988-89Western Michigan UniversityCCHA90041941005.872400.804
1989-90Western Michigan UniversityCCHA2212110496005.2271010.838
1990-91Western Michigan UniversityCCHA121057341004.29531
1991-92Western Michigan UniversityCCHA60029420004.082210.865
1992-93Roanoke Valley RampageECHL140271655104.615704370.888---
1992-93Dayton BombersECHL2202119790004.5111716700.882100
1993-94Dayton BombersECHL2021209004.50110890.908---
1993-94Johnstown ChiefsECHL34161941128403.961813110830.894300
1994-95Johnstown ChiefsECHL26221456113604.6671627820.874---
1994-95Greensboro MonarchsECHL100051439004.554412200.849---
1995-96Adirondack Red WingsAHL100231102.6440.800---
1995-96Toledo StormECHL1914112570003.7313326020.896---
1995-96Tallahassee Tiger SharksECHL171077345003.498503900.897300
1996-97Huntington BlizzardECHL566123197213314.002725216730.887---
1997-98Fort Worth BrahmasWPHL51102991149132.993011912450.8931102
1998-99Flint GeneralsUHL666223750239313.823527418950.888900
1999-00Austin Ice BatsWPHL43362405130223.242413311060.895602
2000-01Fort Worth BrahmasWPHL56443079188613.661530615840.894---
2001-02El Paso BuzzardsCHL2220123574103.5911815720.885200

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