By Mike Ashmore
Hunterdon County Democrat
No matter where his career takes him, Elmira Jackals goaltender Rob McVicar will always be able to say that he played in the National Hockey League.
He played in two minutes and 44 seconds of the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 1, 2005, replacing an ineffective Alex Auld late in the game.
But what most people probably don’t know, is that it was a debut that should have come a few games sooner.
“We were in Colorado, and it was the same thing where we were getting kind of walloped,” McVicar recalled.
“(Then Canucks head coach) Marc Crawford told me to go in. I turned around, and my gloves and helmet weren’t on the bench where I left them. The trainers had brought them back into the dressing room. So as I was waiting for my gloves, they’d already started to get to center ice and faceoff.”