Steve Jakiel has been the LA Kings emegency back-up goalie for four months, but never got close to suiting up... until Saturday.
He was on his way to STAPLES Center when his phone rang. Kings Vice Pesident of Hockey Operations, Jeff Solomon, was on the other end of the line informing the 32-year-old he should be ready to go.
"You never know when you're going to get the call," Jakiel said. "Got on the bike a little bit, started getting the blood flowing."
Jonathan Quick wasn't feeling well that night and since the Ontario Reign were already in Bakersfield facing the Condors, neither Peter Budaj or Cal Petersen could attend the game.
It would have been a full-circle moment for Jakiel to play against the Boston Bruins, who the Kings were battling that night, as he has some strange connections to the Boston area.
"It was exciting. Getting to see Rob Blake come in and say 'hey, make sure you're ready,' it was pretty cool," Jakiel said. "I had a lot of fun, but obviously took it very seriously."
Though he didn't get his chance to step into the crease, it was a memorable night for everyone involved.
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