But Lindback suffered some sort of “off-ice” injury prior to the game, leaving the Coyotes with roughly two hours to find an emergency backup.
At around 6 p.m., Nathan Schoenfeld, 31, was giving his twins a bath. The phone rang. It was the Coyotes, and they were looking for a goaltender. He turned to his wife and said he “got the call.”
It was a call he had to anticipate could come eventually. Per NHL rules, the Coyotes (and every other team) has to submit the name of an emergency goalie to the League. Schoenfeld was their choice.
His experience? He played club goalie at Arizona State University. He apparently played well in some Coyotes alumni games. And if the name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s a legacy: Schoenfeld is the son of ex-Coyotes coach and current New York Rangers senior vice president and assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld.
According to Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports, he’s also the son-in-law of Coyotes equipment manager Stan Wilson.
Nathan Schoenfeld called his father on the way to the arena. "I [told] him if the Rangers have any scouts at the game tonight, they might want to check out the backup goalie," said Schoenfeld, via NHL.com.
According to Sarah McLellan, Schoenfeld made the 30-minute drive and arrived at the Coyotes’ arena right around puck drop. He signed an amateur tryout contract, slipped on a No. 40 jersey and sat on the bench to watch Domingue.
Even for a banker, that’s not a bad bit of beer money for a few hours of watching hockey.