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12-22-2015, 12:34 PM

The goalie goes down. The puck stops and the trainers rush the ice. The whole arena goes silent. A voice calls out from down on the ice.

“Help! Is there a goalie in the house?!”

… Okay, so that’s not really how it happens. But that’s what it feels like when you’re an emergency backup goalie in the NHL and you get the call on game night.

The NHL requires each team to have a house emergency goalie on standby in case either the home or the visiting team needs one. For the Minnesota Wild, I’m that guy. And last week, I got the rare call that turned a pretty average Thursday night into one I’ll probably be talking about for a long time.

Pretty cool article about the Rangers' goalie situation from last week.

12-22-2015, 12:50 PM
That's great stuff. My son's old goalie coach was an emergency back up for Columbus a few years ago, but not like this situation. If one of the 2 got sick, or hurt the day of a game, he'd have to hop on a plane and go wherever they were. It happened once where their starter got violently ill, it wasn't Bobrovsky, I can't remember who the starter was at the time.

12-22-2015, 02:28 PM

12-22-2015, 05:14 PM
What happened with this? Does each city now have a designated emergency goalie?

12-23-2015, 01:10 PM

That's it !