SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis. Wild goalie Josh Harding did not participate in Tuesday’s pre-game skate with a lower body strain.
Schaefer, 28 (1/15/80), is 5-5-0 with a 2.36 GAA and a .908 Sv. Pct. in 10 games with the Aeros this season. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound native of Yellow Grass, Sask., led the AHL in GAA in 2007-08 (2.06), ranked fourth in Sv. Pct. (.924) and tied for second in shutouts (six). He represented Canada in the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and was awarded the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award with fellow goaltender Barry Brust for having the fewest goals against in the AHL. Schaefer appeared in seven NHL games for San Jose in 2005-06, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.88 GAA, .920 SV% and one shutout en route to becoming first goalie in Sharks history to open a career on a five-game winning streak. Schaefer was signed by the Wild as a free agent on July 3, 2007. He was San Jose’s fifth-round pick (No. 166 overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Schaefer will wear No. 31 with the Wild.