For 51-year old Paul Deutsch of Minnesota, he got to live his NHL dream last night as an emergency goalie for the Minnesota Wild.
Due to some extreme circumstances, Deutsch was tracked down by the Wild to the sign a minor-league contract and got to warm-up with the team:
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.(Courtesy of Star Tribune)
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.
“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.
Deutsch, a former Roosevelt High School teammate of former Wild assistant Mike Ramsey, used to fill in for injured Wild goalies during practices on an emergency basis.