Hockey fan refused $50,000 for charity shot – An amazing $50,000 shot for charity by a hockey fan almost didn’t pay out. The scene was the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis this past Saturday night, February 12th, 2011.
Richard Marsh had one chance to make a full ice shot into the net, covered by a board with a small opening at the bottom for the puck to fit. This is almost an impossible shot for a professional hockey player and definitely impossible for a guy that looks like a science teacher. But if he was successful, then it would mean $50,000.
USHL’s Indiana Ice was hosting a special “Hockey for Heart” night. It was sponsored by St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. Marsh decided that if he was able to make the shot, he would donate the $50,000 to the Heart Center.
Hockey fan refused $50,000 for charity shot
Mr. Marsh was on the ice for the “Allstate Good Hands Shootout”. Everyone knew the money was good since Allstate was backing the event and providing the funds. It was never in question.
He stepped up for the impossible shot. The shot that most professional players couldn’t make in their dreams. The shot that no one thought he could make. But no one told Mr. Marsh.
After the mascott had his turn by throwing the puck down the ice. Mr. Marsh stepped in and absolutely nailed it. This is something that you just have to see for yourself. (There is no sound to the video, but it is outstanding.)
Can you even believe it?!
That is just incredible to see, but what followed was down right stomach turning.
Turns out Mr. Marsh was over the red line when he shot the puck, it didn’t count. Marsh didn’t completely follow the rules.
According to the USHL, Marsh was “standing in front of the designated starting line” when the shot was fired, therefore, “the insurance company voided the award.”
This is really unbelieveable and really makes you pissed at Allstate. But before you jump the gun here you need to know something. Allstate didn’t make the decision not to pay out Mr. Marsh and ultimately the St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana.
According to Yahoo, Brian Werger of the USHL said the initial release from the League didn’t clearly state the fact that a third-party insurance company hired to cover this event at Ice games,and not Allstate, was the one that made the call not to pay out the $50,000..
Either way, this sucks. But there is a silver lining to this story. Paul and Cindy Skjodt swooped in to save the day. The owners of the Indiana Ice ”made a donation in recognition of the accomplishment” to the charities, according to the USHL. The size of the donation wasn’t disclosed to the media.
It is good to hear someone stepped in and helped out the charity. But what do you think about Allstate and their stance that it was someone else that pulled the trigger? They still agreed not to pay. And how about the puck was set up on the wrong side of the in the first place? You would think the guy that was running the event would have told him to back up.
Discussion Forum: Does Allstate deserve any bad feelings for not paying out the $50,000 to the Charity?
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