Tom Fenton lives out his fantasy with the Phoenix Coyotes

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Christmas came about a week early for former American Interntaional College goalie Paul Fenton who on Thursday signed a one game contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Fenton, who hasn’t played hockey since 2009 was called upon by the team to serve as a backup for second strigner Jason LaBarbera who was filling in at Madison Square Gardens against the New York Rangers. for a flu ridden Ilya Bryzgalov. Phoenix who lost ths game 4-3 in s shootout didn’t have time to call someone from their San Antonio affiliate as they were missing Ilya Bryzgalov who had the flu. Fenton, who wore number 35 currently resides in Purchase and works at Manhattanville College. He’s also a coach for the ice hockey team and is the head of community relations and team operations. Fenton, who Frank Effinger (head of Coyotes scouting) saw play a long time ago was in awe of what he experienced not only during warm-ups but also sitting on the bench during the game. “Good ice,” Fenton cracked. “I wasn’t expecting that to be honest with you. It was great. This whole place was electric. I know we always say that cliché, but once you’re out there, it’s totally different experience. Words can’t really describe it.” During his warm-up Fenton impressed the Coyotes with his skills especially considering that he hasn’t strapped on the pads for a couple of years. “He was good. He was really good actually,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. “It was talked about in the room, how good he was.” The players also left a positive impression on Fenton who wore number 35 on his uniform. “They were just great,” Fenton said. “Keeping me relaxed and everything. The whole experience. I don’t think I’m going to just point out one thing.”

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