Montreal Canadiens prospect Frederik Dichow accomplished a rarity in the world of hockey, scoring a goal as a goaltender.
Dichow, a Montreal Canadiens 5th-round pick in the 2019 NHL, suited up for Frolunda HC on Tuesday and, due to a comedy of errors, was awarded a goal in the most bizarre fashion.
In the wacky scenario you see below, the puck was last touched by Dichow, who routinely pushed back the puck after a shot on net. The ensuing pass back to the blue line then misfired, and the puck slid all the way into the empty net.
Being the last player to touch the puck, Dichow was credited with the goal.
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It’s not pretty, but it’s going to be on every single highlight-reel in Sweden for the next few weeks for sure, and likely all over the internet in North America within hours.
The “Gnome” has been getting in his reps in the Swedish Hockey League this season, playing three games for Frolunda so far. It’s been an adjustment for him, being a rookie goaltender in a new league; but he’s managing to make some memorable saves and show encouraging signs in his game.
The Montreal Canadiens will need to decide what they want to do with Dichow as early as June 1, 2023; as an NHL club has four years to sign their prospects before they become free sgents (with the exception of Russian players).
It’ll thus be a big year for him to prove that he still has more growth in his game and should be awarded a contract to continue developping in the AHL with the Laval Rocket. With the likes of Jakub Dobes likely to serve as competition for playing time next season; the Montreal Canadiens might have themselves a goalie logjam in their minor league system, which is always a good thing.