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Minnesota is holding a contest for a new emergency goalie

Nov 14, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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Remember when the Wild were out of goalies last season and 51 year-old Paul Deutsch got the call to be the team’s emergency goalie?

That remarkable set of circumstances that led to that very rare one-game signing has inspired the team to do something fun while the lockout rolls on: They’re going to do something like American Idol and hold a contest to see who can be their next emergency goalie.

The team invited 11 goalies from around Minnesota to try out for the chance to possibly ride the bench or, gulp, see real NHL action out of the blue. Tomorrow, Wild goalie coach Bob Mason, Wild color analyst and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay, as well as Deutsch will judge the auditions of those 11 and pick out two finalists.

How will the finalists be judged? The best goalie in a celebrity shootout during the Houston Aeros game at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday wins the job.

Considering the good press the Wild got for their scramble to get Deutsch signed and how perilously close he was to actually playing, this kind of contest should be an annual event.

  1. vanchuk - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Reminds me of a similar circumstance in Vancouver when UBC goalie, Chris Leveque, was backup for a game. I can’t recall who the goalie who played was, but there was a play during the game when that goalie went down and received attention from the trainer. I’ve never seen somebody look as nervous as Leveque did, sitting there waiting to see if the starter was going to stay in the game. Just priceless!

    • workerparasite - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      If I recall correctly Johan Hedberg was in net for the Canucks and hurt his wrist on the play he went down, but stayed in for the remainder of the game before missing a couple of games afterwards?

      I’m surprised Marc Crawford didn’t just give Levesque the start given the hate he seemed to have for Hedberg.

      • vanchuk - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        in Crow’s defense…his hate was pretty justified

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    That’s awesome, if any of them get the chance it will be a dream come true.

  3. dirtydave6986 - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Oh cool so there will actually be someone that wants to play in the NHL this year

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