Semborski signed an amateur tryout contract with the Blackhawks on Saturday after Corey Crawford needed an appendectomy, leaving Chicago without a goaltender to back up Scott Darling.
With Rockford, its American Hockey League affiliate, preparing for a game in Grand Rapids, Michigan, there was no way to get a goaltender to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. start. Chicago also had to pick a goaltender with no professional experience because of their NHL salary-cap situation.
Semborski played on the club hockey team at Temple University and is a coach and instructor for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. He said he plays recreationally but his last competitive game was last December.
“I was at the rink in Voorhees coaching … and I walked off the ice and started talking to someone with the Flyers who started asking me ‘Where’d you play hockey?’ and ‘What’s your playing history?'” Semborski said. “I didn’t even know what …