Hackett's Stay with Wild Short, Assigned to AHL

By KBJR News 1

Hackett's Stay with Wild Short, Assigned to AHL

October 6, 2011 Updated Oct 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Less than 48 hours after being summoned from Texas to Minnesota, Minnesota Wild goaltender Matt Hackett was on his way back to Houston.

Hackett was called up from the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, on Monday afternoon to replace injured goaltender Josh Harding.

On Wednesday, the team sent Hackett back to Houston and announced that Harding would remain on the team's active roster.

Harding was hurt during team-building activities during the Wild's trip to the Northland, although team officials declined to provide specifics.

As it is, Harding will open up the regular season as the Wild's number two goaltender behind starter Niklas Backstrom.

Hackett played a full season with the Aeros last year, posting a (23-16-4) record with two shutouts and a 2.37 goals against average.

Minnesota opens the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday against the Columbus Bluejackets at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Posted by Zach Schneider