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Photo by Ben Garvin / Pioneer Press Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper makes a stop in overtime as the Minnesota Wild play the Nashville Predators on Feb. 6 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Wild won 3-2 in overtime.

Quirks of being a NHL goaltender


All goaltenders are goofy, of course. Maybe not like in the old days when some used to enjoy skating naked during warm-ups. But they’re all still “out there.”

The Wild’s Darcy Kuemper and Ilya Bryzgalov are no exceptions. Kuemper is sort of a happy go lucky goofy, oblivious to most of what is going on around him. He says the playoffs haven’t even crossed his mind.

“I don’t know,” he said with laugh. “I just worry about the task at hand.”

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