The Coyotes’ backup goalie for Monday night’s game against the Canadiens last played competitively in 2006 for Arizona State’s club team.
Nathan Schoenfeld is 31, he’s a relations manager at a bank and he was giving his twins a bath when the Coyotes told him he had an hour to get to the arena and suit up to be Louis Domingue’s backup. Usual backup Anders Linback injured himself off the ice before the game.
“I don’t think I’m game-ready but ready in case they need me to sit on the bench,” Schoenfeld told AZCentral.com.
Luckily, Schoenfeld wasn’t needed during Arizona’s 6–2 home win but the team gave him its game MVP award anyway.
Nathan Schoenfeld on being given MVP belt: "That was great. It just shows how great this locker room is... It was a special night."— Yotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 16, 2016
Schoenfeld’s dad is former NHL coach Jim Schoenfeld, who’s now the assistant general manager for the Rangers, so he called his dad to ask if New York had scouts in arena.
“I said, ‘Well if you do, let them know to check out the backup goaltender tonight,’” Schoenfeld told AZCentral.com.
- Dan Gartland