51-year old goalie signs with Wild, warms up, scratched

Paul Deutsch is a 51-year old goalie. He's best known at the Bloomington Ice Gardens where he plays senior league hockey. On Wednesday, he was signed by the Wild as a replacement for Niklas Backstrom, who was out for personal reasons. Deutsch warmed up with the team before being scratched.
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Paul Deutsch is a 51-year old goalie. He's best known at the Bloomington Ice Gardens where he plays senior league hockey. On Wednesday, he was signed by the Wild as a replacement for Niklas Backstrom, who was out for personal reasons. Deutsch warmed up with the team before being scratched.

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