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New Jersey assistant coach called up to play for Devils amid COVID-19 absences

News 12
News 12
 2022-01-15

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The Devils were forced to go deep into the minor leagues to find an emergency backup goalie due to COVID-19 absences - choosing the assistant coach of the New Jersey Titans minor league team.

Kyle Shapiro grew up in Middletown and now lives in Ocean Township. He doesn't have any NHL experience, but he played hockey at the Christian Brothers Academy before coaching in the minor league.

FULL INTERVIEW: New Jersey Devils backup goalie Kyle Shapiro

He joined the team on Long Island Thursday night but did not play.

Shapiro is signed to be the emergency goalie for about 12 games this year. Devils fans do hope they get their starters back, but some say they actually want to see him play.

The last time an emergency backup played in the NHL was when a 42-year-old suited up for the Carolina Hurricanes several years ago.

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