MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A St. Paul man started watching Thursday’s Minnesota Wild game on his couch, but soon found himself suiting up as a New York Rangers backup goalie.

CBS Sports reports that semipro hockey player Santino Vasquez, a former goaltender for the Hamline University Pipers, got a call from the Wild’s strength and conditioning coach to head to the Xcel Energy Center as quick as he could.

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Rangers goalie Antti Raanta was injured in the first period and was replaced by backup Henrik Lundqvist. That meant a second backup was needed, and the Wild had Vasquez in mind to help out the opponent.

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Vasquez didn’t end up playing, but he did earn $500, a Rangers jersey and some social media love.

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