Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Aiken
John Aiken was a 26-year old mathematician working for the U.S. Air Force and living in the Boston area. He was also the standby goalie who attended every game at the Boston Garden in the unlikely case one of the two starting goaltenders was injured and could not continue.

On the night of March 13, 1958, Montreal was in town, and in the second period the Bruins held a slim 1-0 lead when Habs goalie Jacques Plante was injured at the 6:15 mark. Plante was taken to hospital where he was kept for observation for a few days with a concussion. The Habs had two men in the penalty box at the time, and Aiken was summoned from the crowd to replace Plante.

Nervous and overwhelmed, he gave up four goals in his first five minutes before settling down. In the third period, he allowed only one more puck to get by him, but the home team coasted to a 7-3 win.

At the final bell, a number of Habs ruffled his hair and swatted his pads in appreciation of his game effort.

Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1949-50 Arlington Catholic High High-MA
1950-51 Boston Calculators MBAHL
1951-52 Boston Calculators MBAHL
1952-53 U.S. Military Academy NCAA
1953-54 Boston University Terriers ECAC
1954-55 Boston University Terriers ECAC 23 4 19 0 0 7.09
1955-56 Boston Calculators MBAHL
1956-57 Boston Calculators MBAHL
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 1 0 0 10.59
NHL Totals 1 0 1 0 0 10.58

Boston's practice goaltender loaned to Montreal to replace injured Jacques Plante in 2nd period, March 13, 1958. (Boston 7, Montreal 3)
At the time of his appearance with Montreal, he was employed as a mathematician with the U.S. Air Force.
Served as Boston's practice goaltender for 13 seasons.
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