Because the players couldn’t shoot the empty net goal, a goalie of a NLA team wanted to help his team and shot the empty net goal.
We are talking about Ari Sulander, the former keeper of the ZSC Lions and about his goal against Ambri-Piotta.
He was born in Helsinki on the 6th of January 1969. He started in the junior leagues in Finland, playing for Jokerit, where he later played nine seasons in the highest Finnish league. He won the Finnish championship four times (92,94,96,97) and he won the European Chamionship in 1995 and 1996. While he was in Jokerit, he played with Jari Kurri, who played for Jokerit during the 1994-95 NHL lockout.
Sulander went to Switzerland in 1998 for a new challenge. The rest of his career he played in Zurich. He won the Swiss Chamionship with the Lions in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2012 and the Champions Hockey League in 2008-09. Fans call him “the WALL”, due to his goalie skills. The Lions were lucky to have him as a goalie, because he was a big part of the three first titles here in Switzerland and the win of the Championsleague.
In the season 2002-03 he shot a goal against Ambri-Piotta. The Lions were leading with one goal and his team couldn’t manage to score the empty net. For us @swisshockeytrolls was it kind of surprising, when we saw it on TV. But for sure it’s special thing and happens not every game day.
Sulander may say: “Shooting the empty net goal. No big deal for me.”
Next time: two NHL stars in Davos. Who are we talking about? 😉