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Ducks’ goalie Fasth was originally a forward

Mar 2, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

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Imagine what may or may not have happened to Viktor Fasth‘s National Hockey League career – still in its infancy despite being 30 years of age – if he hadn’t chosen to be a goalie?

According to a New York Times article published Thursday, Fasth actually played forward until he was a teenager. He then made the switch to the crease at age 13.

“My dad wanted me to play forward,” Fasth told the New York Times. “I tried it until I was 13.”

“I liked the masks…I thought they were pretty cool.

“It’s a real challenge to be a goalie,” he said. “It’s a thin line between being a hero or the one that causes you to lose.”

Fasth has recently given way to Jonas Hiller, who missed 10 days in February due to injury.

Hiller backstopped the Ducks – winners of eight of their last nine games – to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Friday night, to close out the NHL schedule for the evening.

But the emergence of Fasth, who late last month received a two-year contract extension worth $5.8 million, has given the Ducks a healthy one-two combination in goal.

As a result, the Ducks have improved their record to 15-3-1 and increased their lead in the Pacific Division to nine points over the Los Angeles Kings.

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