Skip to comments.51-year-old goalie suits up for Minnesota Wild
Posted on 11/23/2011 3:47:17 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB
Hopefully for the Minnesota Wild, goalie Josh Harding stays healthy on Wednesday night, because their backup is 51 years old. Paul Deutsch, who runs a printing business in Richfield, Minn., is filling in for Niklas Backstrom, who's out for personal reasons, and Matt Hackett, who couldn't make it to St. Paul from the team's AHL affiliate in Houston in time. Deutsch, according to the Star Tribune, is a friend of former assistant coach Mike Ramsey and filled in for Wild goalies in the past, but only in practice.
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51? Good luck to him.......here's hoping he's got plenty of Ibuprofin at home. LOL!
I have my gear on just in case the bat phone rings.
Goalies gone wild???
I’m almost that age and I consider myself physically fit enough to tend goal for a hockey team. It’s not exactly heavy lifting. Just sort of sit in front of the goal and get in the way of the puck as much as possible. So long as I’m not skating up and down the ice like a lunatic, I think I’m more than capable of tending goal.
” Its not exactly heavy lifting. Just sort of sit in front of the goal and get in the way of the puck as much as possible.”
Tell that to my goalie. We start our breakout from the blue line. My goalie spends as much time on offense as he does on defense and he passes better than half the team.
Goaltending is no longer the fattest guy on the team or the guy who could afford the 2 grand on a set of Vaughn’s.
George plimpton would be proud
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Chris Chelios -- a certain NHL Hall of Famer in a couple of years -- played his last game in the NHL when he was something like 48 years old, and was still taking regular shifts as a defenseman with the Detroit Red Wings well into his mid-40s.