Dec. 18, 2015
The NY Rangers call an Emergency Backup Goalie watching game on TV
What does a hockey team do when the goalie who starts the game gets injured forcing the guy who was getting the game off to come on the ice and play? Or more specifically who backs up the back up?
Well, the NY Rangers had to dig deep Thursday night to find out. Antti Raanta started the game in place of Henrik Lundqvist who was getting a well earned--in theory--day off.
Raanta had to be helped from the ice forcing Lundqvist to play.
Fearing no backup plan should Lundqvist go down, the Rangers somehow found an emergency backup. His name: Santino Vasquez, a former goalie for Division III Hamline College who lived down the street from the Xcel Energy Center where the Rangers were playing the Minnesota Wild.
Vasquez, who hadn't suited up since playing some semi-pro hockey in the Czech Republic a couple of years ago, got a phone call and an emergency contract.
Vasquez didn't play---but since he lived 2 blocks away, he got to the arena in plenty of time to see the Rangers lose to the Wild 5-2.
He told a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer press he would have been ready to go if needed.
Vasquez: "I literally live 2 minutes away over the bridge. I would have been ready to play. They wouldn’t have scored on my every shot."— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) December 18, 2015
Vasquez played 2 seasons at Hamline University, semipro Czech Republic. Runs goalie clinic in Hopkins. Got $500, @NYRangers jersey per CBA— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) December 18, 2015
Note--We just found out the NHL apparently requires all teams to have a list of people available as emergency backups. The home team is supposed to share this list with the visitors in case something like Thursday nights set of events happen.