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Paul Deutsch: Rags to riches to rags

He was living the dream with the Wild. Trouble is, he (and they) woke up too soon.

Updated: December 1, 2011, 3:52 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

Forget for a moment that he's 51 years old. As Paul Deutsch jokes, "You can't see the wrinkles through my goalie mask." The important part of the story is that for a few hours last week, Deutsch was living a bolt-from-the-blue sports dream that plenty of weekend jocks would kill for, no matter what their age. Who ever gets a gift chance to sign a one-day contract to play for his favorite team, the NHL's Minnesota Wild, and be the emergency backup goaltender for a game?

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