Hockey fan's $50,000 prize voided

Feb. 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An Indianapolis hockey team said a $50,000 prize won by a fan who hit a puck at a target across the ice was voided by an insurance company.

The Indiana Ice said the fan, Richard Marsh, hit a 3-inch diameter puck about 175 feet to a target slightly more than 3 inches wide during a Saturday game, but an unnamed private insurance company said the amount would not be paid because Marsh stepped over the designated line while taking his shot, The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.

The shot was taken as part of the "Hockey for Heart" promotion of St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. Officials said Marsh told them before the shot he was planning to donate any winnings to charity.

Team owners Paul and Cindy Skjodt said they plan to donate an undisclosed amount of cash to the cardiovascular unit at St. Vincent in recognition of Marsh's accomplishment.

The Star said its attempts to reach Marsh were unsuccessful.

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