Last November, the State of Hockey was captivated by a 51-year-old Minnesota Wild goaltender who never played a minute of NHL action. Paul Deutsch, a screen-printing company owner by day and a beer-league goalie by night, was living out a dream that most of us couldn't fathom.
With goaltender Niklas Backstrom attending the birth of his son on November 23, the Wild needed a backup for Josh Harding, who would face the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center later that night. The problem was, Houston goaltender Matt Hackett was booked on a flight that wouldn't arrive into the Twin Cities until shortly before puck drop, and that was barring any flight delays.
The Wild needed a backup, and Mr. Deutsch was the stand in. He shut down work early that afternoon, raced to Xcel Energy Center and met the media before pulling on the #33 sweater and taking the ice for pregame warmups.
"It was really fun," said Deutsch, before dating himself a bit. "I felt like Mick Jagger for a day."
Due to NHL rules, Deutsch is no longer eligible to serve as the Wild's emergency goaltender. The team needs someone else.
Would you like the chance to feel like Mick Jagger for a day, or Paul Deutsch for that matter? Is your beer league goaltender worthy of a tryout? Are you a converted goalie that just found his or her calling too late in life?
Now is your chance to make the pros.
The Minnesota Wild will be holding tryouts for the team's next emergency goaltender in Bud Light's Search for the Next Paul Deutsch. If you or someone you know has what it takes, submit a goaltending resume in the form below. A selection committee will review all of the submissions and select 10 goalies to come down to Xcel Energy Center the night of November 15 for a tryout held by Wild goaltending coach, Bob Mason.
Mason and his selection panel will narrow the competition down to two finalists. Those two goalies will be invited to take part in a final shootout during the second intermission of the Houston Aeros vs. Rockford Ice Hogs game at Xcel Energy Center on November 18, featuring celebrity shooters. The goalie that does the best in the shootout will be named the Wild's next Emergency goaltender.
There are some stipulations to be aware of:
Goaltenders must be available at a moment's notice and have a way to get to Xcel Energy Center quickly if called upon
Per NHL rules, an emergency goaltender is not allowed to have any professional hockey experience.
All entrants must be 21 years of age or older as of October 22
All entrants must agree to the contest rules here, and sign a waiver before participating in any on ice activities
The deadline for goaltending resume submissions is Friday, November 9
The winner will be the Wild's primary emergency backup goaltender, and the runner up will be the next in line. The two finalists will receive an authentic Wild jersey with their name and number on the back. They will also receive a Bud Light Prize Pack courtesy of Bud Light.