Great story out of Minnesota on Wednesday, as the Minnesota Wild found themselves without a backup goalie the morning of their game versus the Nashville Predators. With Niklas Backstrom out for undisclosed personal reasons, Josh Harding got the start, and Houston Aeros' netminderMatt Hackett was called up to back him up.
There was some uncertainty, however, over whether Hackett would be able to make it to the game on time, meaning the Wild had to get creative in dressing a contingency backup. Because league rules prohibit signing an emergency backup with pro experience, the Wild found themselves in the same position every road hockey team finds themselves pretty much every week: in desperate need of a goalie, and willing to take just about anyone.
Minnesota Wild sign 51-year-old backup; don’t play him, unfortunately - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports