ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Matt Hewitt woke up Tuesday morning as a student-athlete just continuing his studies for a 4th year at the University of British of Columbia. Then his phone exploded with messages, because the Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller wasn’t playing and the team might be needing Hewitt as an emergency back-up.
Canucks back-up Jacob Markstrom was expected to get the night off after winning his season debut, a 4-3 overtime triumph against Carolina on Sunday, but No. 1 goalie Miller arrived at Rogers Arena on Tuesday morning feeling “a little tight,” according to Canucks coach Willie Desjardins.
So the team called its former defenseman Sven Butenschon, who is now the coach at UBC, and told him to tell Hewitt there was a temporary job for him.
Hewitt was only on the ice for warm ups, and to celebrate a 2-1 OT win over St. Louis.
Hewitt even grew up just minutes from Vancouver, in near-by New Westminster.
It also wasn’t Hewitt’s first time around the Canucks, because he filled in at Canucks practice when they needed a spare goaltender last week. There were even a couple familiar faces on the ice in Jake Virtanen of the Canucks and Ty Rattie of the Blues. He regularly faced those two while playing three years with Regina of the Western Hockey League before going back to school in 2013-14.
The Canucks were also forced to use a UBC goaltender during the 2003-04 season due to injury. Chris Levesque dressed for one game as Johan Hedberg’s backup when Dan Cloutier, now Vancouver’s goalie coach, went down during the morning skate.
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