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51-Year-Old Backup Makes It Through The Warmup

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Paul Deutsch played hooky from beer-league game at Bloomington Ice Gardens on Wednesday night.

The 51-year-old, who began tending goal at the tender age of 37, instead wore a Wild jersey during warmups Wednesday night prior to the Wild’s game against the Nashville Predators.

After the Wild got word that Niklas Backstrom, slated to be the starter, would have to miss the game for a non-serious personal matter, it recalled third goalie Matt Hackett from the Houston Aeros. But Hackett’s plane didn’t arrive until just prior to gametime, so the Wild signed Deutsch, who owns a screen printing and embroidery story in Richfield, to an amateur contract Wednesday afternoon to fill in during warmups and potentially back up Josh Harding if Hackett’s plane was late.

It wasn’t. Backstrom should be back with the team in a few days, Hackett back in Houston.

But Deutsch still got to wear No. 33 during warmups with his daughter’s Eastview Under-14 youth team cheering on from a suite.

continued and watch an interview with Deutsch below…

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bezukov's avatar

Thats pretty cool for Deutsch.  Not sure what or if that says anything good about the Wild though.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/24/11 at 03:10 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Nothing in particular about the Wild. Every team has to do something like that in a situation where a plane might not arrive in time for the backup they called up. Cool that the rules allow for EBUGs.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 11/24/11 at 11:00 AM ET

Primis's avatar

No other sport whatsoever can have this sort of thing happen.

Yet another reason hockey trumps all.

Posted by Primis on 11/24/11 at 11:52 AM ET


Anybody know where I can find of video of the 51 yr. old goalie taking part in the warmups?

Posted by Wadd from Ontario on 11/25/11 at 07:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar


Fast forward to about 1:30 of the vid.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/25/11 at 07:49 PM ET

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