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May 19, 1970 |
East Lansing, MI, USA
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Adirondack Red Wings
Austin Ice Bats
El Paso Buzzards
Fort Worth Brahmas
Roanoke Valley Rebels
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
Rob Laurie (born May 19, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who played eleven years of minor league hockey mostly in the East Coast Hockey League. He notably served as an emergency backup goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League during the 2012–13 season, eleven years after his professional career ended. Laurie was once again called to emergency goaltender duty on January 5, 2014, this time by the Vancouver Canucks, serving as a backup to Eddie Lack.
After a four-year career at Western Michigan University, Laurie joined the Roanoke Valley Rampage of the East Coast Hockey League in 1992. Laurie spent the majority of his career (1992–97) in the ECHL, with stops in Roanoke Valley, Dayton, Johnstown, Greensboro, Toledo, Tallahassee, and Huntington. Laurie finished his career splitting time between the WPHL, UHL, and Central Hockey League, all with teams based in Texas. After a season with the El Paso Buzzards in which Laurie compiled an 11-8-0 record in 22 games, Laurie retired at the completion of the 2001-02 CHL season.
With goaltenders Jonas Hiller out of the lineup due to an illness, the Anaheim Ducks recalled Igor Bobkov from their AHL affiliate in Norfolk. However, with Bobkov's flight running late and the Ducks still needing a backup goaltender, the Ducks signed 42 year old Laurie to a one-day professional tryout contract. Laurie ended up dressing as the backup goalie for the first 3:53 and was eventually replaced by Bobkov as the team's backup goaltender. During his brief appearance with the Ducks, Laurie wore jersey number 43.
Prior to his brief appearance as the Ducks' backup goaltender, Laurie had a distant connection to the Honda Center, where the Ducks currently play their home games. Laurie was the starting goaltender for the Anaheim Bullfrogs on July 2, 1993 in the first professional sporting event played in the now-Honda Center. The Bullfrogs were a professional inline hockey team that played their home games in the former Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim from 1993 until 1997. During that season, Laurie led the Bullfrogs to the International League championship and was later named playoff MVP.
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- Zupke, Chris (January 5, 2014). "Luongo injured; Canucks sign local goalie as backup". NHL.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
- Peters, Chris (April 5, 2013). "Anaheim Ducks call on 42-year-old emergency goalie Friday". CBS Sports.
- "42-year-old goalie signs contract, dresses for Anaheim Ducks tonight". Sports Illustrated. April 5, 2013.
- Pugmire, Lance (April 5, 2013). "Ducks place call on emergency goaltender". Los Angeles Times.
- Rob Laurie's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Rob Laurie's career statistics at EliteProspects.com