OHL goalie practices with Red Wings
Sarnia's Passingham ready if Osgood can't dress Wednesday
Then his cell phone rang.
“My agent called in the morning and said that I might get a phone call, and that I might be coming to Detroit for a day,” said Passingham, a 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario.
The call he was expecting eventually came when Jim Nill phoned. The Red Wings’ assistant GM wanted to know if the OHL goalie was available to fill-in as a back-up Wednesday should veteran goalie Chris Osgood not dress against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks.
Osgood has been out since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia in January. The team activated him from injured reserve last week, but lingering soreness has kept him sidelined.
If Osgood can’t back-up Jimmy Howard on Wednesday, then the Wings will sign Passingham to a 24-hour amateur contract.
“I guess we’ll see how Ozzie feels and maybe I’ll get a chance to sit on the bench tonight,” he said. “That will be pretty awesome to see a game this good, basically from the front row.”
If by the unlikely chance that the 6-foot-4 Passingham does get in against the Canucks, he would more then likely become the tallest goalie to ever suit-up for the Red Wings.
In 91 career OHL games, Passingham posted a 53-25-8 record with a 3.36 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.
Prior to skating at the Wings’ morning skate on Wednesday, Passingham’s favorite hockey moment came when he helped lift the Windsor Spitfires to the 2010 Memorial Cup.
“The Cup-winning team was obviously fun,” said Passingham, who finished the season with the Sarnia Sting. “Just the whole OHL experience was a lot of fun; you get to meet a lot of really good people and I loved the hockey.”