How an Insurance Salesman Wound Up Playing Goalie Against the Dallas Stars

How an Insurance Salesman Wound Up Playing Goalie Against the Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) and Anaheim Ducks goalie Tom Hodges (86) greet each other at the end of the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Friday, April 29, 2022. The Stars won 4-2.Thomas Hodges, a 27-year-old life insurance salesman from the Metroplex, became an NHL goaltender Friday night. For the final twenty minutes of Dallas Stars’ regular-season finale at the American Airlines Center, Hodges took the net as an emergency replacement goalie for the injury-depleted Anaheim Ducks.It’s not like Hodges had never played in a pro game before. He had in the minor leagues. Once. For one minute.“I was probably about as nervous as I’ve ever been,” Hodges said after the game. “I’ve never played in front of so many people. But, you know—experience of a lifetime and something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life for sure.” Hodges was twelve when his family moved to the Dallas area from Shropshire, England. He began…

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