from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, Paul Deutsch played hooky from beer-league game at Bloomington Ice Gardens on Wednesday night.
The 51-year-old, who began tending goal at the tender age of 37, instead wore a Wild jersey during warmups Wednesday night prior to the Wild’s game against the Nashville Predators.
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.
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 ch...