Goran Hogosta

On November 1st, 1977, rookie Goran Hogosta replaced the injured Billy Smith in the New York Islanders net. Hogosta made 4 saves in the final 9 minutes to preserve the Isles' 9-0 win over Atlanta.

In doing so Hogosta became the second goaltender in history (joining Chicago's Michel Dumas) to share a shutout in his NHL debut. He also became the first European born and trained goaltender in NHL history.

Hogosta was a Swedish all star netminder who was making a name for himself on the international scene in the mid-1970s. In fact, by 1977 he was named as the IIHF's top goaltender at the World Championships after the stand-up goalie stood up the mighty Soviets not once but twice (3-1 and 5-1) en route to winning a silver medal! He also represented Sweden at the 1976 Canada Cup.

The Islanders signed him shortly after the 1977 Worlds, but aside from the 9 minute relief appearance he played exclusively in the minor leagues.

Hogosta resurfaced in the NHL in 1979-80 when he played 21 games with the Quebec Nordiques. With a 5-12-3 record and a 4.15 GAA it was not exactly a banner campaign there, either.

Hogosta returned to Sweden after that season and continued playing until 1986.

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