"I was in full-on panic mode to be honest," Vinz told Amy Mortiz of The Buffalo News. "I was not expecting it or ready for it. I'm just glad I was able to be part of it. I was working on a presentation I have to give on Monday for HarborCenter and I was really focused on that. I skipped dinner with a co-worker, too. It probably was a good thing I stayed in the office."
It's a good thing for the Sabres as well. Vinz, who had his goalie equipment with him in his car, was a high school goaltender with Lancaster High School. He attempted to make the Clarkson Golden Knights as a walk-on, but spent four years as the program's video coordinator after failing to grab a roster spot. He, of course turned that into his position with HarborCenter, and has now played in the NHL thanks to his love of watching sports highlights. Hear that, mom?
Vinz was simply happy to pull on the jersey of his hometown team just for one game. "My parents had season tickets back at the Aud and they would bring home pucks and pennants from each game," Vinz told Mortiz, "I started skating when I was young and I just grew up a hockey fan. I was a goalie because they got to paint their masks. Putting on that jersey of your hometown team, that's was just a life-changing experience."
Atta boy, Ryan! Well done!
Well done, Jeff, and congratulations on your big moment!
I'm still pretty impressed with Vinz and Tyni. For a couple of guys who thought their hockey careers would never take then to the NHL, both of them now have one NHL game to their names. That's something only a select few on this planet ever experience!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!