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Get to know Justin Kowalkoski, the Flyers' emergency goaltender

Get to know Justin Kowalkoski, the Flyers' emergency goaltender

By now, you've probably heard of Carolina Hurricanes goaltender David Ayres.

Ayres, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver, was forced into action last Saturday as an emergency goaltender when the Hurricanes' top two goalies couldn't play because of injury. 

He became the oldest goaltender in NHL history to win his regular-season debut.

Every NHL team has an emergency backup.

For the Flyers, it's Justin Kowalkoski.

Kowalkoski graduated from Colgate University in 2008 and made six career starts for the Raiders.

The 32-year-old — a native of Young America, Minnesota — earned a degree in geology and works for an environmental consulting firm in New Jersey. He comes from his day job right to the Wells Fargo Center.

Emergency goaltenders are usually kept in a designated area inside the arena in case their services are needed.

Kowalkoski has never been forced into action yet.

Get to know Kowalkoski in the interview above by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Taryn Hatcher.

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

Not only will Travis Konecny represent the Flyers in the NHL All-Star Game, he'll add another activity to his plate on All-Star weekend in St. Louis.

Konecny will participate in the Bridgestone NHL fastest skater event at 2020 NHL All-Star Skills on Friday night in St. Louis.

Here are the other participants:

  • Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
  • Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
  • Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
  • Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

The rules of the event are as follows, according to the NHL:

Eight players will compete in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater. Each skater will be timed for one full lap around the rink. The skater may choose the direction of their lap and can be positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the center red line. The skater must start on the referee’s whistle and the timing clock will start when the skater crosses the start line. In the event of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch. The skater with the fastest time is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, and if there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate another lap to determine the winner.

Konecny will be up against stiff competition as McDavid has won the event three straight years.

The skills events will begin on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

On Saturday, the All-Star Game will see Konecny's Metropolitan Division take on the Atlantic Division at 8:15 p.m. If it advances, it'll play the winner of the Pacific and Central Divisions at 10:15 p.m.

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