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This website is dedicated to the goaltenders who made it to the NHL but have been eluded by hockey statisticians and historians. Many of these goalies are one game emergency call ups but many were also members of their respective teams for weeks or even months. None, however, experienced any official playing time. They dressed with the team and sat on the bench ready to called upon at any second. Had they been given the nod for even a minute of play at any point during any game, they would have become an NHL veteran, forever in the player registry. I feel as though these goaltenders were NHL players to some capacity, were part of the team for at least one NHL game and thus deserve some kind of recognition.

160 NHL "backup only" goaltenders have been uncovered and documented here.

The author of this blog has a history degree and a passion for the game of hockey, goalies in particular.
If you have a goalie to add or more information on a goalie feel free to contact me.

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2016/2017 Updates

New "Backup Only" Goalies: Michael GarteigLars JohanssonThatcher Demko, Matt HewittEric SemborskiBrandon HalversonBobby Segin and Adam Wilcox

Goalies who made their official NHL debuts: Antoine Bibeau, Jared Coreau, Anthony Stolarz, Aaron Dell, Zane McIntyre, Jorge Alves, Alex Nedeljkovic, Spencer Martin and Jeremy Smith.

*Tristan Jarry dressed as a backup for the Pittsburgh Penguins (Dec. 31 & Jan. 8). He had previously dressed as an NHL backup for Pittsburgh in 2 games during their 2016 playoff run. This marks his regular season backup debut.

*Sam Brittain dressed as a backup with the Florida Panthers (Jan. 7). Brittain had previously appeared in 6 NHL games as a backup with the Panthers in 2015.

*Daniel Altshuller dressed as a backup with the Carolina Hurricanes (Jan. 3). He had previously appeared as a backup 5 times with the 2015/16 Hurricanes.

*Mike McKenna dressed as a backup for the Florida Panthers (Dec. 22), a team for whom he has never appeared in an official NHL contest. He did also dress as a backup for the team during the 2014/15 season.

*Reto Berra dressed an a backup for the Florida Panthers (Jan. 20, Jan. 23), a team for whom he has never appeared in an official NHL game.

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