Sat Apr 03 08:09pm EDT
Intermission fan shootouts are usually fountains of frustration and unintentional comedy.
Some lucky spectator gets a shot or two on goal from a great distance, attempting to fit the puck through a minuscule opening in front of the net. Should he or she succeed, it means money or tickets or the chance at winning a car.
But 99 percent of the time, it means weak, aimless shots that sputter to a stop at center ice and elicit boos from the cheap seats.
For all of us that have suffered through the "Hey, I could have done better than that loser!" indignity of the intermission shootout, we present New York Islanders season-ticket holder Mike Mann during Saturday's victory over the Ottawa Senators -- winning a car by firing a shot from the opposite blue line through a hole the size of the puck. Incredible:
As a finalist in the NY Auto Giant Puck shoot, Mann walked away with a $30,000 credit towards the car of his choice.
Mann qualified for the contest after he finished as one of eight Islander "chuck-a-puck" winners. For the chuck-a-puck contest, fans purchase five pucks and during intermission, a target is brought out to center ice. After a barrage of pucks are thrown at the target, the closest puck wins half of the money collected from the purchase of the pucks. The other half is donated to the Islanders Children's Foundation.
Congrats to Mike Mann. May your auto purchase be lemon-free, and hopefully the Islanders give you a serious look at being the point man on their power play next season.
Thanks to Puck Buddy "osgoodnyi" for the tip.