An insurance salesman in Frisco, Texas, had a pretty sweet how-was-your-weekend, high-five evocative story to share at the water cooler.
As Thomas Hodges, an agent at New York Life, passed on to his colleagues and readers of Texas Monthly: He took the ice as an emergency goalkeeper for the Anaheim Ducks during their season finale Friday night against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Mr. Hodges, who has played hockey since he was 12 and played for Southern Methodist University, serves as an emergency replacement goalie for the NHL. For Mr. Hodges, who played the final period for the Ducks, was the fifth time he was called to dress for a game but the first time he actually got some playing time.
He made two saves and gave up only one goal, on a power play.
“I was probably about as nervous as I ever was,”; said Mr. Hodges to a reporter. “I’ve never played in front of so many people. But, you know – an experience of a lifetime and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.