Minnesota Wild Signs 51-Year-Old As Emergency Goaltender

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With goaltender Niklas Backstrom out for Wednesday’s game against the Nashville Predators (personal reasons) and minor league call-up Matt Hackett unable to make the start of the game, the Minnesota Wild have signed 51-year-old Paul Deutsch to back up starter Josh Harding.

Deutsch runs a printing business in Richfield, Minnesota and is the friend of former assistant coach Mike Ramsey, who used to fill in at Wild practices when goaltenders were injured, according to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune.