Wild Sign 43-Year-Old Goalie to Emergency Contract

Updated: 03/31/2014 5:52 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 5:35 PM
By: Nick Tabbert

After losing goaltender Darcy Kuemper to injury, the Minnesota Wild Monday signed goaltender Rob Laurie to a Professional Tryout Contract. Kuemper suffered an upper-body injury during Monday's skate before facing the Los Angeles Kings and is considered day-to-day.

None of the Wild's minor league goalies with Iowa could have made it to Los Angeles in time for tonight's game.

Laurie, 43, played four seasons at Western Michigan University and 10 seasons in the minor leagues. He served as the emergency goalie for the Anaheim Ducks last season and for the Vancouver Canucks earlier this season.

Laurie has not played in a professional game since 2002, when he was with the El Paso Buzzards of the Central Hockey League.

His minor league career took him to every corner of hockey: Roanoke Valley Rampage (ECHL), Dayton Bombers (ECHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL), Adirondack Red Wings (AHL), Toledo Storm (ECHL), Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL), Toledo Storm (ECHL), Huntington Blizzard (ECHL), Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL), Flint Generals (UHL), Austin Ice Bats (WPHL) and El Paso Buzzards (CHL).

The Wild previously signed 51-yar-old Paul Deutsch as an emergency goalie for a game in St Paul back in November 2011.

There were three other goalies on the Wild roster as of Monday afternoon. Ilya Bryzgalov served in net Saturday night in a win over the Phoenix Coyotes, veteran goalie Niklas Backstrom was lost to season-ending surgery earlier in March, and Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve.

Minnesota is trying to hold on to a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The team has seven games remaining as of Monday and holds a four-point lead over Dallas, the first team out of the postseason.

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