Feb 15, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT
A fan who made an incredible shot for charity at an Indiana Ice minor league hockey game promotion (video below) will not get the chance to give his prize money to charity, because an insurance company deemed the shot illegal. Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life approves.
Richard Marsh hit the 3-inch-diameter puck an estimated 175 feet into a target slightly larger than 3 inches wide, winning the $50,000 prize in the team’s “Hockey for Heart” promotion for St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. Making this an even better ending, Marsh had announced before the shot that he would donate all of the money to St. Vincent Heart Center if he won.
The promotion was sponsored by AllState Insurance, but a third-party insurance company hired by the Ice was responsible for the payout. That company — which remains unnamed — voided the payout, ruling that Marsh had released the shot over the designated starting line, which was against the rules.
I believe this is the same insurance company for which Bob Parr worked in The Incredibles.
Marsh was plucked from the stands during the special “Hockey for Heart” promotion of St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. He went onto the ice, took a hockey stick and struck the puck nearly the length of the rink, through the small hole in the target and into the net. The crowd of 4,500 went wild.
Ice owners Paul and Cindy Skjodt said they plan to make a donation of an undisclosed amount to St. Vincent’s cardiovascular unit and the American Heart Association in recognition of the accomplishment. They also plan to recognize Marsh in some fashion at a later date.
This is something I didn’t know: If your sports team conducts a promotion and there’s a cash prize involved, its apparently standard practice to hire a third-party insurer, in addition to the contest’s sponsor, in the event that the money has to be paid out. So what was AllState’s role in all of this? It wasn’t like there was a lot of expense involved in setting up the shot. What exactly were they sponsoring?
Of course a quick look around the Indiana Ice Facebook page would reveal that AllState is taking plenty of heat anyway, seeing that its name is on the promotion and all. Also the folks in the Indianapolis Star comments section are pretty riled:
These are the same insurance companies that underwrite hole-in-one payouts at golf tournaments. Every organizer of golf outings (and there are lots of them) deal with such companies. This insurance company should be named in the paper so people know to avoid it. What a bunch of weasles. He made the shot — pay the money. — 46268
There were a bunch of people from the Ice organization there who should have known the rules, and who should have moved the guy back to the right spot. I blame those Ice-holes for the mistake more than anyone else. — YouMustBeKidding
Obviously, a blatent disregard for the rules. This prima donna thinks he is above the law. This can’t be tolerated. What does it say to the children and Big Mascots ? Is this where our tax dollars are going ? What about the libraries ? Can I get a Hot Tub ? — BernieMac
Upon further (agonizing) review, Ice fan’s $50K shot voided [Indianapolis Star]
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