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Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 9:52 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Minnesota Wild found themselves in a pinch on Wednesday afternoon when it came down that starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom wouldn't be in attendance. Most teams would just call up a goalie from the AHL to serve as the backup.

Minnesota did exactly what most teams would do, and they called to Houston to bring up Matt Hackett to be the backup to Joshua Harding on Wednesday. The only problem? Hackett didn't even get into the Minneapolis airport until a half hour before the game. That's not entirely helpful with the pregame skate or any situation where Harding would go down.

That's where the pinch comes in. As a result, they turned to the beer leagues and signed 51-year-old Paul Deutsch to dress for Wednesday’s game against the Predators. Here is the full story of the signing from Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, complete with quotes like this:

“I actually was shaking while I was signing [the contract],” said Deutsch, who filled in “Minnesota Roosevelt Junior Varsity defenseman -- 1978,” as his previous team on the contract.

Unfortunately for those hoping for the underdog story, Hackett did make it to the arena just in time, meaning Deutsch was a scratch.

The Wild aren't complete stranger with Deutsch. He has been brought in to help the team in a tight situation before, serving as a goaltender in practices for the Wild. This time it will be in front of a little bigger crowd.

If he would have had the chance to play, he might have signed another contract by the end of the night: one for a movie. Deutsch is a screen printer for his day job. But making the story even more incredible? Deutsch didn't start playing goalie until he was 37 years old.

“When you play senior men’s hockey and you show up to the rink and there is no goalie, there is no game,” Deutsch said. “So that’s how I started playing. I was tired of coming, walking into the room and, ‘Oh rats.’”

The funny part is that Deutsch already planned to go to XCel Energy Center for the game anyway, just as a fan with a youth hockey team. Well, he'll come away with a pretty good souvenir.

Here is a story the Wild ran on their website from before profiling Deutsch.

Photo: Getty Images

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mzracing76
Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:27 pm
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Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:58 am
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

With the state of the NBA this is such a good story. This guy is just happy to play and, even in major sports, you can side with the players that still love to play for the fun of it. It is too bad so many have forgotten that. Like everybody else I wish this guy reached the ice...even for a shift or two.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:17 am
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

I seem to remember something like this happening a few years ago with the Capitals too. They dressed their website designer or something like that.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

How much did he get paid for 1 game?



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

That is crazy, but it does happen. I know when the Saint John Flames (Calgary's affiliate at the time) were based in my home town they did this on a number of occasions, but the goalie wasn't pushing 60, they were more like late 20's , early 30's. It would of been funny if he had to actually play.
 



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

How about now XFactor, when they are leading the NHL with the best record. Granted were only a quarter of the season in, this should be enough sample size to judge the teams. I'm not saying they will end the season as the #1 team, because I, myself, don't think they will. They will likely be in the playoffs though, because of solid goaltending and just keeping themselves in games.


likemetodo
Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:10 pm
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Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:03 am
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

GOPHER NATION!



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:57 am
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

Good story and all. But doesn't it kind of tell you WHY the Minnesota Wild always suck. When was the last time anyone talked about the WILD team itself? AARP anyone? 



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Wild sign 51-year-old goalie for Wednesday game

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