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The first episode of Well-Dressed Sports Heads is in the books

We just finished our first foray into Facebook Live: a weekly sports show called Well-Dressed Sports Heads!

It’s where the Valley News Sports Department hosts a live chat about the week in Upper Valley sports. This is a new thing we’re trying out, so chime in with your questions and what you want to hear. And we’ll see you next Friday afternoon.

CLICK HERE to watch the re-broadcast.

Ready for takeoff, lax-style

Read the full game story here.

Accountant plays goalie for Chicago Blackhawks, absolutely crushes it

The Chicago Blackhawks’ hottest player right now isn’t a player at all – he’s an accountant.

Scott Foster, a 36-year-old Chicago accountant, is the internet’s Darling of the Day thanks to his performance as goalie in Thursday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets.

Foster was signed to the team in an emergency backup role shortly before the game. The last time he played hockey was in 2006, while he attended Western Michigan University.

He figured he’d be warming the bench all night, but he soon found himself in goal as the backup’s backup after the team’s first two goaltenders were hurt. (Goalie Corey Crawford is out with an injury; the team’s other goalie, Anton Forsburg, was injured in practice on Thursday; and Forsburg’s backup, Collin Delia, was hurt in the third period, leaving no one but Foster to guard the net.)

The Blackhawks were up, 6-2, when Foster stepped in, and he made sure to keep it that way. He blocked each of the seven shots that came at him, prompting the hashtag #FosterOfThePeople to start circulating on Twitter, as well as chants in the stadium. The team left with the W.

People were loving it.

Foster, meanwhile, was in awe of the entire situation. (Check out his postgame interview, above. There are some great quotes in there.)

So good.

Apparently there’s a long history of average Joes being dressed and put into NHL games: The Coyotes, the Blues, the Penguins and the Hurricanes, among others, all have had randos moonlight on their squads, according to my very scientific review of previous Deadspin pieces. Sports!

~Reflecting~ on the change of seasons

Photo galleries: Upper Valley sports championships! bc SPORTS!

Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

We <3 sports and we <3 photos, so photo galleries of sports are a pretty great thing, and the Valley News photography staff have put together four of them for state championship teams.

(As a reminder, you can always browse all of our photo galleries — find the link about halfway down on the www.vnews.com homepage!)

Sharon Academy head coach Blake Fabrikant is mobbed by his team at the buzzer as they defeated Danville, 60-56, to win the Division IV state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 19, 2018. In eight state final appearances by three sports in school history, the 60-56 win was the first title for a team in school history. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.