What is an EBUG in hockey? On hockey, rules, and goalies
Halfway through a hotdog, he got a call, walked out to his car to grab his gear, and, not long after, made his debut as a goalie in the National Hockey League. Tom is an EBUG, or emergency backup goalie—a product of one of the most unique rules in all of professional sports.
How do you become an NHL EBUG? An EBUG in the NHL is a goaltender who is not on the roster, but goes to all home games for a team, occasionally also practicing with the team as well. He is there in the situation where one loses both of their goaltenders to injuries, illness, etc. and needs a goalie to come in net in order to play the game.
How does NHL EBUG work? Should one or both NHL goaltenders be unable to continue with a game, the home team has a designated EBUG — emergency backup goalie — in attendance. The EBUG, a uniquely NHL quirk, has to be ready to go in for either team. Often times, this isn’t even a minor-league-caliber goalie.
Do NHL EBUGs get paid? EBUGs, even if they play, are not paid. They sign amateur tryout agreements before taking the ice.