Defenseman Brad Fast only played one NHL game. But what a game it was! He even scored a very historic goal.
A native of Fort St. John, B.C., Fast was called up by the Carolina Hurricanes on April 4, 2000, to play in the final game of the regular season against the Florida Panthers.
At the 17:34 mark of the third period Fast beat Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to knot the score 6-6, which turned out to be the final result. As the league went to shootouts for the 2005-06 season (2004-05 was lost due to the lockout) Fast’s goal was the last that resulted in a tied game in NHL history.
The Michigan State graduate never returned to the NHL, making him one of three players (Rolly Huard and Dean Morton were the others) to score a goal in their only NHL game.
“Playing in the NHL is the ultimate goal of pretty much any hockey player,” he said. “And to be honest, that day was the best day of my hockey life. It was awesome. I had a lot of fun, I accomplished a dream. I wish I would have kept going, but it was what it was and I got to play in one game. It is kind of what you prepare for your whole life, hockey-wise.”