ESPN's Linda Cohn to participate in Panthers goaltending promotion

Photo via @lindacohn

ESPN’s Linda Cohn is a big hockey fan. And now she will have the chance to play NHL goal – to some degree with the Florida Panthers’ contest to try to find another netminder as a fan promotion.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the news:

Cohn, 55, who made her high school boys' hockey team as a goalie and played for the women's team in college for SUNY at Oswego, tweeted a picture of herself in goalie gear to the Panthers with the message, "I'm available for backup duty." She was inducted into the athletics hall of fame at Oswego State in 2006.

According to the story, there are 1,500 applicants. A total of 37 people confirmed will participate. Two finalists will be selected and will compete in a Panthers alumni shootout during Tuesday of Florida’s game.

The netminder with the best performance will be Florida’s practice backup netminder.

Cohn is a major Rangers fan and said New York’s Stanley Cup win was one of her greatest moments in life, beyond giving birth to her two children per

But with Dan Ellis red hot and Roberto Luongo getting healthy, this promotion may be a little less important. Still fun though, no less, and Cohn adds a celebrity element.

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