It may be the first time in professional hockey history a father-son goaltending duo takes the ice.
And to add intrigue, the pair are from the Lower Mainland.
46-year-old Dusty Imoo is the Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending development coach but an injury between the pipes has sprung him into a unique position as the backup for his son, Jonah, who will starting for the Kings’ AHL affiliate Ontario Reign.
An injury to the Kings’ starting goaltender this morning set off the wild chain of events.
The New Westminster native admits it’s a unique situation but wants to divert attention away so Jonah can focus on his first pro start.
“I also called Jonah right away and let him know that when I get there it’s business as usual, and I’m going to try really hard to disappear because I know it’s going to be hard for people to not see this and focus on it.”
Dusty says he’s proud of his son, saying Jonah has earned everything along the way.
“It is special. I’ll take it all inside, but it’s a tough game being a goalie and the mental aspect of it. To give him the best chance to make the best of his opportunity here, I need to focus on turning the attention away from this for his sake.”
The move brings the Imoos into an exclusive club of father-son professional hockey players.
NHL legend Gordie Howe played with his sons Mark and Marty for the 1979 Hartford Whalers, but never before has there been a father-son goalie duo in pro hockey.