Congratulations Florida Panthers, you have created maybe the best reactionary promotion ever. Well, maybe not that great but it’s still a funny response to that whole backup goalie situation you had going on Tuesday.
From the team’s official website:
The Florida Panthers announced today the club’s plans for their “Goal of a Lifetime” contest that will give one lucky Panthers' fan the opportunity to sign a one-day amateur try-out and serve as Florida’s back-up practice goalie for a day.
“We are very excited to launch this contest and expect a great turnout for this ultimate fan experience,” said Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. “This contest provides our hockey community with the opportunity to earn a chance to skate with the Panthers and serve as the team’s back-up practice goalie for a day.”
And goaltending coach Robb Tallas will oversee the tryouts, which hence makes this even better. Tallas was the emergency goaltender who almost had to play Tuesday when Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were both injured against Toronto. Luongo returned and finished the game.
Montoya will miss two weeks and Luongo will miss two games and Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain is your current tandem for the Panthers.
Whoever wins the tryout will then sign a one-day amateur tryout deal with the Panthers. Potential men and women goaltenders (18 years and older) have to submit playing resumes to the Panthers before the tryout.
Well, that’s one way to solve the NHL’s third goaltending problem. Or try to add some goaltending depth in a time of strife for the Panthers. Or just get fans interested in something fun.
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