Friday, November 27, 2015

Randy Jaycock

1 NHL Game

October 23, 1989 Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals. 3-3 tie.


  Late October, 1989 Calgary Flames goalie Mike Vernon was forced to the sidelines with back spasms. Calgary's next goalie in line, Steve Guenette, couldn't travel to Calgary in time for the team's game against the Washington Capitals. The Flames' signed local senior hockey goalie Randy Jaycock to a $750 amateur tryout contract to dress as backup to Rick Wamsley. On the way to the game Jaycock saw his father, who had tickets to the game that night, stopped at a red light. "He looked over kind of puzzled," joked Jaycock. "He couldn't figure out why I was wearing a suit. I didn't tell him I was playing. I wanted to keep it a secret until he got to the game."

   "I was happy to help out," said Jaycock after the game. "I'm their fifth wheel. I'm a little rusty, so it's a good thing Wammer played the whole game. Now, its time to get on with the other part of my life. I'm confident I could play if I had to, but my business is my No. 1 priority. It was fun, I had a pretty good seat for the whole game."Jaycock was even invited to the team's Halloween party by captain Jim Peplinski.

   "Now its back to the salt mines," laughed Jaycock. He spent the rest of season playing senior hockey but got another call from the Flames March, 1990. Faced with some injuries, Calgary was looking for depth for their IHL affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. Jaycock was signed to a minor-league contract and finished the season with Salt Lake, never seeing any playing time but dressing as a backup to Wayne Cowley. (1)

   After his junior career had ended in 1982, Randy Jaycock fell off the hockey map for four whole seasons. He played his first season of pro hockey in 1986/87 with the Erie Golden Blades of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. He spent most of the 1987/88 season playing senior hockey in Alberta but did have a stint with the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks, farm team to the NHL's Washington Capitals. He was invited to the 1988 Calgary Flames NHL training camp. Although he didn't make the club, management took notice of the local goaltender, who decided to retire instead of riding the buses in the minors.

   Jaycock briefly re-entered the pro hockey scene in 1993 signing a contract with the CHL's Dallas Freeze. From 1992-1994 he also played professional inline hockey for the Calgary Radz of the RHI. 


Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born Jul 15 1961 -- Calgary, ALTA 
Height 5.09 -- Weight 170
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
SeasonTeamLgeGPAPIMMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPAPIM
1977-78Billings BighornsWCHL30010710005.61110380.792100
1978-79Melville MillionairesSJHL000
1978-79Billings BighornsWHL50217314004.86110---
1979-80Medicine Hat TigersWHL2802127093004.3911717460.8897015
1980-81Billings BighornsWHL362241927126013.92161429690.885200
1981-82Billings BighornsWHL50026916003.572301430.899---
1986-87Erie Golden BladesACHL4026410
1987-88Baltimore SkipjacksAHL30015012104.80020720.857---
1993-94Dallas FreezeCHL100054642104.615402950.875---
(1) Gyle Konotopetz. Calgary Herald (Oct. 24, 1989). "Emergency gives goalie best seat in Saddledome." 

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