The Indiana Ice, who play in the USHL, offer one fan a shot at winning $50,000 at every Saturday home game. The fan stands behind the red end line and shoots. If the puck goes across the ice and into a small hole at the bottom of a board placed in front the net, the fan goes home 50-grand richer.
As lifelong recreational puckster Dick Marsh prepared to take his shot Feb. 12, he announced his gift, should he win it, would be given to charity. Then he wowed the crowd, including his grandson, by sending the black disc across 175 feet of ice and into the hole.
"I had people coming down out of the stands saying, 'I've been coming here 30 years and nobody's ever made that shot,'" he told WXIN-TV.
Fans' excitement soon turned to outrage when the undisclosed sponsor responsible for paying the $50,000 declared the shot invalid. Marsh was not standing behind the red line.
Per an Indiana Ice press release, the team claims it informed Marsh of the rules several times.
According to WXIN, Marsh said he had no idea he was supposed to be standing behind the line.
After suffering the anger of fans, the team announced on Valentine's Day that it would give an undisclosed amount of money to the American Heart Association and the St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, whose doctors performed a life-saving double bypass on Marsh.
"We are doing this because it was a close call and a generous gesture by a loyal fan," team president and CEO Paul Skjodt said in a release.
Read more at WXIN and the Indiana Ice website.
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