After losing goalie Antero Niittymaki to a groin injury during their morning skate, the San Jose Sharks were in desperate need of a backup for Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
There wasn’t enough time to fly out a backup goalie, so entered Jordan White, starting goaltender for University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
The 22-year-old White was signed to a one day try out contract by the San Jose Sharks as an emergency fill in.
White kept the bench warm, he smiled for cameras and he answered a million and one questions, but he didn’t see any action. There were a few nervous moments during the first period when a scrum developed around Sharks goalie Antti Niemi
’s crease, but White remained calm.
“He (Niemi) is a tough competitor, I wasn’t really worried,” White stated.
A native of nearby Surrey, British Columbia, White had a lot of family and friends in attendance for the game. He grew up supporting the Canucks, but he didn’t have any trouble switching his allegiance.
“I’ve been a Canucks supporter for a while, but not tonight though,” White said.
White’s one-day contract was pro-bono, but at least he got to leave with the shirt on his back.
“I didn’t get paid for the game, but the jersey, and the hat are all I need to remember this experience,” White added.
Tomorrow its back to the university grind for White, with a morning practice, followed up by a human kinetics lecture and a game against the Regina Cougars.
“It was a great experience, all the moments exceeded everything I thought they’d be, but tomorrow I’m focused on playing for my team, and getting us into the playoffs,” White said of his Friday plans.
Thursday though it was all about skating onto the ice postgame to celebrate with the Sharks after their 2-1 shootout win over White’s favorite club. He may have more than 20 years of cheering for the Canucks, but thanks to 60 minutes watching an NHL game from the best seat in the house, White will always have a special tie with the Sharks.