COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Blue Jackets fans know that if their Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky would not be healthy enough to play in a game, Joonis Korpisalo would get the start in net. However, many fans do not know who would be called upon if both goalies would get injured on game night. His name is Bailey Seagraves, a 21-year-old product of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization.
“I’m here quite a bit during the week it just depends on their (Blue Jackets) schedule,” said Seagraves.
Last week, the Chicago Blackhawks called upon their emergency backup goaltender, Scott Foster when both goalies were injured. Foster, a 36-year-old accountant saw his first competitive action since he played in college. He stopped all seven shots he faced in the 3rd period to help lead the Blackhawks to a win over the Winnipeg Jets. So, Seagraves knows he could be called upon any given night. However, being an NHL emergency backup goalie is not the only job he holds.
“A friend of mine owns a little pizza place, Carlucci’s Pizzeria, so I work there sometimes, you know, to help pay for school,” said Seagraves.
So, by day, Bailey stays busy working hard to stop deliveries in net at Blue Jackets practice, and by night, he is busy making deliveries.
“You always try to be very professional …I know it’s just pizza delivery, but you want to treat everyone with respect and be nice and upbeat about it, you know, joke around if you can, that’ll earn you a few extra bucks here and there,” said Seagraves.
He keeps his hockey gear in the back of his car as he works hard at practice to keep his dream alive.
“Obviously they have connections and stuff, so I just got to keep working on my game getting better and better and better and maybe get a crack at some minor pro here and there,” said Seagraves.
The Blue Jackets’ coaches have noticed Bailey’s work ethic at practice, and they feel confident he could step into action if called upon.
“You know, I think Bails would be terrific if he was thrown in that situation…I mean the challenge for him would be incredible, he’d love it, and I think he’s in great shape, the things that we’ve done this year physically for him on the ice and how he’s performed,” said Blue Jackets assistant coach Kenny McCudden.
So, every home game at Nationwide Arena, Bailey sits in the crowd….ready and waiting.
“Everyone dreams of being a starter in the NHL, but to be at this level and see it in the day to day and see the work ethic… you learn from it, it’s pretty incredible, I’m lucky,” said Seagraves.