In 1928 the New York Rangers' coach was forced to play goalie, and he saved 18 out of 19 goals - leading his team to victory!
On 8 April, during the Stanley Cup finals of 1928, the New York Rangers were playing against the Maroons when their starting goaltender, Lorne Chabot, was hit in the face by a puck and suffered an eye injury.
At that time teams did not commonly have back-up goaltenders, and the opposing team's coach had to allow a substitute goaltender. T
he Maroon's coach, Eddie Gerard, refused to allow Ottawa Senator's star Alec Connell or minor-leaguer Hugh McCormick (who were both in the stands) to substitute for Chabot.
Lester Patrick, who was the coach for the Rangers at the time, inserted himself into the game as goaltender.
Doing so he set a record for the oldest goalie to play in the Stanley Cup as he was already 44 years, three months and nine days old!
Patrick saved 18 out of 19 goals on the day, and the Rangers secured an overtime victory!
The league allowed the Rangers to use Joe Miller from the New York Americans in goal for the following three games.
Patrick resigned as coach for the team in 1939 and became general manager. He retired as general manager in 1946 and finally stepped out of the game in 1950 when he resigned as vice president of Madison Square Garden.