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Boy May Lose $50G for Amazing Hockey Shot

August 22, 2011

FARIBULT, Minn. – An 11-year-old boy who made an incredible long-distance hockey shot into a tiny goal at a charity event may lose his $50,000 prize money because it was actually his twin brother who was registered to participate, ABC News reported Monday.

Nate Smith made the 89-foot shot into the 3.5-inch goal at the event in Faribult, Minn., last Thursday.

His father, Pat Smith, had bought a raffle ticket for the event but put down the name of Nate’s twin, Nick, because Nate had only recently had a cast removed from his arm.

The family did not expect their ticket to be drawn so Nick was outside the stadium when his name was called.

Pat Smith then encouraged Nate to take his brother’s place and to the amazement of the crowd, he made the shot.”I was shocked … I couldn’t believe it,” said Nate.However, the family may never see the check because the father later fessed up.

“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,” he said.

Odds on Promotions, the insurance carrier for the event, had not yet indicated whether it would accept Nate making the shot in his brother’s name.

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