Henri Gilbert was the goalkeeper for a minor league hockey team in the wilds of Quebec. He was just promoted out of junior hockey and in his first game. The game was to be against a powerful team from just outside Montreal.
Henri took his pre skate before the opening face off for more than exercise, but to work off the jitters. His teammates barely spoke to him. He needed to prove himself.
Henri watched from the goal as the open face off was dropped. The stronger team was penetrating his team’s defense as though they didn’t exist. Henri had to be sharp and quick on his skates to stop the other team’s onslaught.
Until half way through the third period, when his team finally scored while the other team had a man in the penalty box did Henri’s team finally scored. He had no time to even think. Between periods he sat by himself in the locker room resting.
Only when he heard the final horn, signifying the end of the game could he look up at the scoreboard. His team won 1-0, and he made fifty saves. He saved his new team almost by himself.
And thus ended the debut of goalkeeper Henri Gilbert.