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Chris Pusey
Chris Pusey
Goaltender
Number: 31
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180
Catches:
Born: Jun 20, 1965
Birthplace: Brantford, ON, Canada
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Drafted: DET / 1983 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (106th overall)
Chris Pusey drew the attention of NHL scouts as the backup goaltender of his hometown OHL team. As a result, Detroit used the 106th pick in the 1983 NHL entry draft on Pusey. He returned to junior hockey the next two seasons as the main goaltender for Brantford in 1983-84 and Hamilton in 1984-85.Pusey was moved up to the Detroit' s American Hockey League club in Adirondack in 1985. Chris would have remained there the whole season apart from two things: Eddie Mio's knee and Greg Stefan's suspension.

Eddie Mio was in nets for the Detroit Red Wings game against the Winnipeg Jets. In the first period Mio went down to block a shot and felt something give in his knee. Corrado Micalef finished the game and Chris Pusey was promoted to the NHL following the game. Chris had to be wondering what he was in for with the Red Wings. On the way to their game in Minnesota aboard a DC9, the right engine turbine failed shortly after takeoff forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. Detroit did make it to the game but lost 10-1.

On October 19, 1985, Chris Pusey appeared in his first and only NHL game. Micalef got off to a shaky start against the Chicago Black Hawks by allowing three goals in the first period. Pusey was brought in to start the second period. During that frame he stopped 3 shots while Detroit pulled to within one goal. In the third period Marc Bergevin scored his first NHL goal off Pusey, while Ed Olczyk and Curt Fraser ended any chance of a Detroit comeback. Pusey returned to Adirondack the next week. Chris played 33 games in the AHL before leaving for the International Hockey League. Upon his release from the Detroit system, he toiled for a number of teams before retiring, as a player in 1992.

Chris has kept active since through his involvement in triathlon competitions and running event. In 2001 he was lured back to hockey through his involvement with the Dundas Real McCoys, an OHA senior team. The club reached the final four in the Allan Cup tournament but Pusey did not reside in the nets. Instead of being the goaltender, Chris Pusey appeared as a defenseman. Unfortunately, the team was not able to hoist the Cup.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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