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Devils, Kings holding open tryouts for emergency goalie

Teams looking for amateurs to attend each home game, satisfy new NHL rule

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Are you a goalie who has dreamed of playing in the NHL? Perhaps you could be the next Jorge Alves.

The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are each holding open tryouts to find emergency goalies for their 41 home games in 2017-18. Last season, Alves, an equipment manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, famously became the first emergency goalie to play in an NHL game.

The Devils' open tryout will take place at Prudential Center on Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. To participate, prospective goalies must be between ages 18-35, be able to attend the tryout, home games and potentially practices, have full equipment and have played at a level higher than high school. Devils staff and alumni will lead the tryout.

The Kings' open tryout will be Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. PT at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. To participate in the tryout, candidates must be 18 years old and have played high-level amateur hockey but never signed a pro contract.

The open tryouts come after a new NHL rule that requires teams to have an emergency goalie on hand to use at every game this season for either team.

"We thought this would be a good opportunity to see who in our area is best qualified for the job," Kings president Luc Robitaille said. "It will be interesting, that's for sure."

Thirty goalies will be chosen for the Kings tryout, and those interested in participating can apply here.

Those interested in trying out for the Devils opening can apply here.

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