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Monday
Jan232012

John Kerry, Injured in Hockey Game, Honors Bruins at White House

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hockey is a rough sport; just ask Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

The senator was attending a ceremony for his hometown hockey team, the Boston Bruins, at the White House on Monday when he publicly debuted the remnants of his own hockey injury.

Kerry appeared to have two black eyes and a swollen nose. His Senate office said the black and blue was caused by a nose injury during a hockey game the senator participated in recently.

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“He’s totally fine,” Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith told ABC News. “Very ironically he busted his nose recently playing ice hockey, so the Bruins can certainly relate.”

Hockey is a favorite sport of Kerry’s and he plays often. The Bruins were being honored in the East Room by President Obama for winning the Stanley Cup last June.

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Thursday
Sep012011

Ouch! Boy Won't Get $50,000 Prize for Lucky Hockey Shot

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The 11-year-old boy who wowed hockey fans by hitting a puck through a tiny slot in a board 89 feet away has lost the $50,000 jackpot attached to the miracle shot.

The company that insured the charity event, Odds on Promotions, said that 11-year-old Nate Smith isn’t eligible to take home the $50,000 because the raffle ticket that allowed him to take the hockey shot was in his twin brother’s name.

The honesty of the twin boys’ father is what led the event organizers to realize that Nate had posed as his twin brother Nick when he made the shot.

“I called into the organizers. We told them that Nate made the shot. We did the right thing,” Pat Smith told ABC News on Aug. 15. “I just think that honesty is more important than any prize or money you could get.”

The twins had hoped to use the money for their college savings and to donate funds to their local hockey association, Smith said.

Nate made the lucky shot at a celebrity fundraiser hockey game in Faribult, Minn., on Aug. 11. He took aim from the center ice and fired the puck 89 feet straight in a goal which measured a mere three and a half inches. The puck is three inches wide.

The promoters say they will donate some money to charity instead of forking over the check.

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Monday
Aug152011

Twin Boy's $50K Hockey Shot in Jeopardy

Twins Nate and Nick Smith of Owatonna, Minn. (Pat Smith)(FARIBAULT, Minn.) -- Nate Smith made all the sports highlight reels and won $50,000 for making an impossible hockey shot in a charity fundraiser. But the 11-year-old hockey fan now stands to lose the bonanza because of his father's honesty.

Nate was posing as his twin brother Nick when he made the shot.

"I just felt I had to do the right thing," dad Pat Smith told ABC News on Monday. "I just think that honesty is more important than any prize or money you could get."

Nate made his shot at a celebrity fundraiser hockey game in Faribault, Minn., last Thursday. He took aim from the center ice and fired the puck 89 feet straight into a goal that measured a mere three and a half inches. The puck is three inches wide.

It happened during the annual "Shattuck vs. the World" game attracts Shattuck-St. Mary's alumni who play in the NHL and raises money for the Faribault Youth Hockey Association.

Pat Smith, the twins' father, purchased three raffle tickets at the Shattuck – St. Mary's school hockey game for a chance for one of his kids to make an unforgettable 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.

The family didn't expect that Nick's ticket would be drawn, so Nick headed outside shortly before halftime. Nevertheless, he told Nate to take the money shot if his raffle ticket was drawn.

Nate took to the ice in his twin brother's place and in a play which had the entire arena on its feet, effortlessly swung his hockey stick to hit the goal in the $50,000 shot. "I was shocked . . . I couldn't believe it," said Nate.

However, the boys may never see the check.

"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 we felt so badly, I called into the organizers, we told them that Nate made the shot. We did the right thing," the dad said.

The insurance carrier for the event, Odds on Promotions, has not indicated whether it will accept Nate making a shot in Nick's name. The company did not return calls to ABC News on Monday.

The twins are hoping to get another stroke of good luck and said if they receive the prize, they will save the money for college and donate funds to their local hockey association.  

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Saturday
May142011

New York Rangers Player Found Dead

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Rangers player Derek Boogaard was found dead inside his Minneapolis apartment on Friday.

Boogaard, 28, was found dead by his two brothers shortly after 6 p.m., officials say, however the cause of death was not immediately known and investigators say it may be some time before it is determined, according to a report by the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Boogaard began his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild, where he played in 255 games from 2005 through 2010. He then joined the Rangers in July, 2010, and upon learning of his death, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather described Boogaard as being a kind and caring person.

“He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him,” Sather said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

Rangers captain Chris Drury issued a statement on Saturday expressing his thoughts on losing a teammate.

“On behalf of all Derek's teammates, I would like to say that he was a great friend and a great teammate and that we are all going miss him dearly,” Drury said. “This is a tragic loss for the hockey community. All of our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

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