Twin Boy’s $50,000 Hockey Shot in Jeopardy Because of Father’s Honesty [VIDEO]
When I watched the plays of the day on SportCenter, there was one clip that caught my eye. 11-year-old Nate Smith nailed one of those impossible hockey shots in a charity fundraiser for a whopping $50,000! The only problem is, Nick Smith was supposed to be the 11-year-old that was taking the shot.
Allow me to explain, starting at square one.
Every year in Faribult, Minnesota the annual "Shattuck vs. the World" game takes place with former Shattuck-St. Mary's alumni who now play in the NHL. The event helps to raise money for the Faribult Youth Hockey Association. NHL players Zach Praise, Kyle Okposo Patrick Ewes and others were all in attendance at the game.
So were 11-yr-old twin brothers Nate and Nick Smith.
Their father, Pat Smith, purchased three raffle tickets for a chance for one of his twin boys to make the "impossible shot" across the ice and win $50,000.
"We thought we'd go to the fundraiser and support those guys, nothing else. So I went over to purchase a few tickets with Nate, who was with me," Pat Smith said. When asked by his dad if he should put Nate's name on the tickets, Nate declined, saying with a cast on his arm recently removed, Nick had a better chance of scoring a winning goal.
Once they settled in, the family didn't really expect that Nick's ticket would be drawn (after all, who ever "expects" to win) so Nick headed outside before halftime and told his twin brother Nate to take his shot in the unlikely situation of his raffle ticket being drawn.
Well, guess who's ticket got drawn? You guessed it. LOL.
Nate took to the ice in place of his twin brother. The arena was on their feet. The target was no bigger than the puck itself. Nate took the shot... and nailed it!
The crowd erupted! The cheers were deafening. The twin boys just won $50,000 !!!
But they may never see the check.
After Nate made the shot, his father had to sign documents and take care of the legal stuff that comes with a $50,000 prize.
"After he made the shot, we had to sign some documents and stuff, and I thought oh boy, we don't want to mess that up," Pat Smith said. "I didn't have time to really think it through and I said yeah, it was Nick's shot.
The next day, Pat Smith felt so badly, that he called up the organizers of the event and told him that it was indeed Nate that made the shot. The dad stated that honesty was the best policy and he wanted to set a good example for his kids.
Odds on Promotions is the insurance carrier for the event and have not come forward and said whether they will accept Nate making the shot in Nick's name. The rules clearly state that the person who takes the shot, must be the person who's name was on the raffle ticket.
Nick and Nate have already voiced that if they do indeed get the $50,000 prize, they plan on donating some to their local hockey association and save the rest of the cash for college.
But as for now the ball, or in this situation, the puck, is in the hands of the insurance company to decide.