You might say incoming Wild goaltender Noah Altman was a bit of a late bloomer. Raised in West Los Angeles, Altman didn’t start playing hockey until he was 13 years old. He initially skated out but within 3 months he felt drawn to wear the pads and try his hand at the goalie position. Five and a half years later, he’s grown both literally and figuratively as the 6’7” 210 lb. netminder prepares to join the Wild for Main Camp on August 19.
Altman played youth hockey in Culver City, and then joined the California Titans 16U program in the 2016-17 season. The Titans program has proven to be a goalie factory, seeing NHLers Collin Delia, Pheonix Copley, and Thatcher Demko all go through their program. The following season he headed east with the Cleveland Jr. Barons in the Tier I Elite League, and then on to the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s midget program in Faribault, MN. He wrapped up last season in net for T1EHL champions Belle Tire U18.
Wild Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Chris Clark, a former BCHL and Division I goaltender in his playing days, says, “Noah is an extremely competitive goaltender looking to make his mark in junior hockey. His skill set and competitive nature combined with his 6’7 frame should set him up to have a ton more success in his career.”