Published 9:28 PM EDT Sep 20, 2018
The Los Angeles Kings are holding tryouts for emergency backup goaltender this weekend and would love to see supermodel Chrissy Teigen strap on the pads.
The emergency backup goalie is the player who fills in when the projected starter for a game is sick or injured and can't play. Most of the time, the fill-in takes part in warmups, spends the night on the bench, then leaves when a minor league goalie shows up.
But Chrissy Teigen?
Well, why not? She brought up the idea on Twitter in June.
"I feel like can absolutely be a hockey goalie," she tweeted on June 2.
The Kings' Twitter account, one of the best in the business and never one to turn down a promotional effort, was game and offered a tryout.
"Yes WAIT TIL YOU SEE THIS. you won’t regret it," she responded the next day. "I’m gonna be like that guy who tried out for the NFL at 30. What’s his name...mark wahlberg."
Of course, that was Vince Papale, who was portrayed by Wahlberg in the 2006 movie Invincible.
Teigen had even done some research at the time, and tweeted that if you lie on your side and "lift your top leg up and down the entire game, you stop 99.9% of attempted goals. The rest is up to defense."
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No recent word on whether Teigen is game for this weekend's tryout. But the league asked NHL players about the possibility of her playing goalie during this month's media days.
"I don't think it's that easy to play goal," said Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson. "I don't think it's easy to be a supermodel, either."
Said Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones: "That would be pretty funny to see her in there. I wouldn't mind shooting on her."
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli said it could be fun to have her on the team. "Who knows? She might be a pretty good player."
So the challenge is on. Maybe she tries out. Maybe she gets the role. And if she does, maybe she actually gets into a game and stops every shot as accountant-turned-goalie Scott Foster did.
Who would play her in a movie?
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