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.READ MORE: Art Tribute To Bob Dylan Goes Up Outside Hibbing High School
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.READ MORE: Nathan Hase Killed In Goodhue County Crash
Vasquez didn’t end up playing, but he did earn $500, a Rangers jersey and some social media love.MORE NEWS: Cameron Clark Will Serve More Than 15 Years For Attempted Murder Of Unborn Child, Aiding And Abetting Robbery
It’s not every day that a MIACer gets to dress with a NHL team. Former Hamline goalie Santino Vasquez didn’t see… https://t.co/FmBZGd1bTZ
— Hamline Athletics (@HUPipers) December 18, 2015