INDIANA — On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 the United States Hockey League team Indiana Ice held a “Hockey for Heart” promotion during their hockey game. One lucky fan, Richard Marsh, was pulled from the stands and given the honor and unenviable task of shooting a puck from one end of the ice to the other into a tiny hole in front of the opposing goal. Miraculously enough, Marsh scored the goal which was worth $50,000. Marsh had previously stated before taking the shot that he was donating the entire winnings to the charity if he scored the goal. However, the insurance company that was backing the funds for the goal refused to pay out the money because Marsh was standing about two feet in front of the red line. So instead of being 175 feet away from the goal, Marsh was standing 173 feet away. After numerous fans complained on the Ice’s Facebook page about the technicality, the owners of the team, Paul and Cindy Skjodt, announced that they themselves would donate an undisclosed amount in Marsh’s name to the American Heart Association and to St. Vincent’s Cardiovascular Center.
Paul and Cindy Skjodt, we salute you and award you a Gold Star for recognizing Mr. Marsh’s achievement.
- Indianapolis Star article with video is located here.
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