Meet the Caps' New Goalie
(From sports producer/Bogsitter Lindsay Applebaum)
His name is Brett Leonhardt. He's 6-foot-7. He's also a wiz at HTML, PHP and Photoshop.
For the second time in 2008, the Capitals, in a bit of a goaltending jam, have dipped into their front-office talent pool, plucked a stunned web producer out from his cubicle and stuck him in the net.
Tarik El-Bashir reports:
The Caps have summoned Simeon Varlamov from Hershey and he hopes to arrive from Houston in time to be on the Caps' bench by the second period. He'll backup Brent Johnson. Eventually.
So who's going to be the other goalie? Why it's going to be web producer Brett Leonhardt. You may remember him from my chat this afternoon.
The team has received permission from the NHL to have Brett take warmups and sit on the bench until Varlamov is ready. Leonhardt, by the way, had to sign an amateur tryout contract to be eligible to do this. The contract is in central registry as we speak.
This same sort of thing happened back in February, when Leondardt, who, to be fair, did play for Oswego State and Neumann College, got to sub in for Olie Kolzig during a morning skate.
"It was awesome, I'm not going to lie," he said afterward. "Even though I'm 25 years old, it was a dream come true."
How is this fair? Who gets to live out their childhood dream twice? TWICE!
AND it's even better this time, because technically, if Brent Johnson should happen to get a leg cramp or eat some bad sushi or decide he doesn't feel like being goalie against Ottawa tonight, guess who's got the job (at least for the first period)?
I shouldn't be jealous, though This is a huge step for me and my fellow online sports producers. Long overlooked as nothing but office-dwellers who happened to know a little bit about sports, we're now being seen as a borderline-acceptable group of last-ditch replacements for professional athletes.
I was a cheerleader in college, and I'm available should one of the Redskins cheerleaders fall and break her leg (fingers crossed!!!!). My coworker, CJ Holley, played basketball in middle school. I'm talking to you, Ed Tapscott.
So thank you, Brett Leonhardt. Thank you, because today you've reminded us all that anything is possible.
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