Boy Doesn't Get to Keep $50K Prize for Hockey Shot: Fair?

News 2011/09/02 15:00:00
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You might remember a story we published a few weeks ago about 11-year-old Nate Smith, who was slated to win $50,000 for making a remarkable 89-foot center ice slap shot until his father came out and admitted it had been his twin brother, Nick, who had actually made the shot.

Last we heard Odds on Promotions, the company in charge of organizing the raffle event, was holding the money while it decided whether or not to award the kid(s) for the shot anyway.

They decided Wednesday not to award them. They did, however, decide to give $20,000 to Minnesota youth hockey in their names.

Company president Mark Gilmartin announced, "We greatly respect the eventual honesty of the Smith family ... Although we're unable to the pay the claim on Nate's incredible shot, we are confident our donation will help foster a positive environment for present and future youth hockey in Minnesota."

The kids are keeping a stiff upper lip about the whole thing -- or at least their dad is making it seem like they are.

Pat Smith, the father, told ABC News, "They're pretty happy that they ended up getting that stuff donated to the youth hockey ... We're happy that they're paying something out. They could of just not given us anything. The Shattuck School is also giving them a three week hockey camp next summer."
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  • Kigan 2011/09/02 18:23:24 (edited)
    They were dishonest and deceived everyone by having the twin take the shot.

    You don't get the prize after lying just because you were honest after it happened.

    Hopefully this will work as a life lesson for those twins.

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  • Elephant Lord 2011/11/20 06:18:53
    Elephant Lord
    Nick should get it.
  • Katherine 2011/09/06 18:03:10
    MORE than fair!! Odds On did the right thing. A $20K donation is a generous thing... you won't see that from any other insurance companies, I'm sure!! Check out the article Faribault put out: http://bit.ly/qxTNZE
  • Tony 2011/09/06 16:27:23
    They did not play by the rules.
  • bones327 2011/09/05 23:06:11
    why doesn't the boy who took the shot get the money?
  • vnjrtsdfw 2011/09/05 11:20:27
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/09/05 07:54:31
    Myrle Hulme
    he hit the shot
  • moo 2011/09/04 21:52:47
    Why they have a raffle event then if they don't want to pay the kids brother for making the shot. They look a like and have the same genes so why no pay them. Yeah the Father of the boys didn't lie he toll them it was his twin brother that made the shot. He toll them the truth wich they should of got the money.
  • debrarae POTL _ PWCM 2011/09/04 19:53:07
    debrarae POTL _ PWCM
    They needed to be honest from the outset. The rules were in black and white, and the twins broke the rules when the brother said he was the kid who was called and then took the shot.
  • clasact 2011/09/04 09:55:37
    kind of feel sorry for the kid that would have made a good start to a collage fund but he did learn a lesson ....either play by the rules or learn to keep your mouth shut
  • jams 2011/09/04 04:55:54
    A chance won by one person and taken by another is not a winner. Its a cheat.
  • katie 2011/09/04 01:24:44
    he didnt make the shot,his brother did.why should he get rewarded for doing nothing
  • AlexanderMontalvo 2011/09/04 00:09:56
    What a cheap shot.
    Evidently, honesty and family mean nothing compared to the dollar.
    By the way, the dollar is being devalued daily.
    Wouldn't you think that the honesty of the "twins" family name make the PUCK ?
    The twins deserve honor with their humble acceptance that the money will help youth hockey teams.
    We are in big trouble when honesty and an entry ticket and a name don't match.
    Does that mean that if I purchase a seat at a baseball game and I give that ticket to a friend of mine and a prize is won because of the seat I bought but my friend cannot receive the prize because the ticket was purchased in my name?
    Tell me what is the difference?
  • THAT WA... Alexand... 2011/09/04 01:58:58
  • Alexand... THAT WA... 2011/09/04 05:13:09
    Then the Father should have shot the puck?
  • THAT WA... Alexand... 2011/09/04 05:52:22
  • Alexand... THAT WA... 2011/09/04 08:11:38
    I have an opinion and that is all I have to offer.
  • jams Alexand... 2011/09/04 04:54:47
    If "your friend" eats five coney dogs at that same game - do you get the belly-ache?
  • Alexand... jams 2011/09/04 05:14:09
    Your rational makes no sense.
  • THAT WA... Alexand... 2011/09/04 05:54:18
  • Alexand... THAT WA... 2011/09/04 08:13:01
    Did I burp that loud?
  • jams Alexand... 2011/09/07 04:11:40
    Yes, we can all see that you don;t get it.
  • Alexand... jams 2011/09/08 03:28:50
    You have your perspective and I have mine.
  • jams Alexand... 2011/09/09 13:22:03
    That's fine, but your is wrong. Cheating is cheating and that's it and the more people understand that cheating is not a "perspective" but a reality, the better. Not all can, as you point out.
  • Chris Alexand... 2011/09/04 15:58:53
    I think it was the father's decision to cheat, so it is sad the kids have to pay the price for his cheating... especially since he is a terrible cheat by telling the truth.

    Hopefully they will have another contest some day and the really good kid can go and just win the money fair and square next time.
  • kevinzh... Alexand... 2011/09/04 19:24:10
  • Apollo92797 2011/09/03 23:00:56
    They were dishonest and they cheated.
    Simple as that.
  • Alexand... Apollo9... 2011/09/04 05:27:02
    How is it that a child becomes dishonest and a cheat simply because he was unable to be available for an event? The ticket purchased by the child's father was a simple contract of entry. There were no contractual stipulations as to whom would perform the task and challenge to place the "puck".
    Are you as quick to call our government cheaters as you are to blame a child and his parent for a simple gain of $50,000.00 dollars?
    Oh, did I cross another line drawn in the sand?
  • THAT WA... Alexand... 2011/09/04 05:56:17
  • Alexand... THAT WA... 2011/09/04 08:34:47
    The twins were winners in the end and gracious at that. They were glad that the money was going to the youth leagues of hockey.
    That is the end result of the reality of the issue. The check has already been cut and designated.
    Do you want to continue your obliquitous ideas of unfairness or can you understand the matter is not so much about a contract but more of a matter about the simple matter of a father buying a ticket to play a game. It was not a horse race with a certain rider riding a certain horse.
    My opinion is that the Ice Hockey Association used poor judgment in it's decision to deny the winning "puck" it's just reward.
    Pure and simple, what argument do you have about that?
  • doctorwho_guru.†=♡ 2011/09/03 22:31:32
    They should give the money to the kids greedy insurance company I hope to God they go out business
  • metalmi... doctorw... 2011/09/04 05:10:11
    metalmike13- Trust No One
    So they are allowed to cheat their way to money? Oy vei.
  • Alexand... doctorw... 2011/09/04 05:33:18
    The money went to the kids hockey leagues to help pay for uniforms and equipment. There was no greed involved.
    The trouble was all about denying a brother that made the goal, whom stood in, in behalf of his twin brother.
    $50,000.00 dollars is nothing compared to what the professional players make a year, a drop in the bucket.
  • connie (in name only) BN-0 2011/09/03 21:32:35
    connie (in name only) BN-0
    Dishonesty first - and then honesty second. The promotional company did the right thing, except they should have donated the full $50,000 to Minnesota youth hockey. I am pretty sure the Smith boys will be watched by hockey officials throughout their hockey careers and possibly reap the benefits in the future if they are deserved.
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/03 21:21:07
    Honesty is always the Only policy.
  • LoungeKat 2011/09/03 21:01:11
    This sums it up in one word: misrepresentation.

    I bet 'ya it was the dad's idea. (Way to go, pops!) He needs lessons on integrity. I hope the kids learn that very quickly after that.

    Had he been honest, the outcome would have been different - and less embarrassing to the kids.
  • RawrRawrNinjaCupCake<3 2011/09/03 19:48:03
    To be honest I could go either way on this one.
    Yes, they were dishonest, and there for don't deserve the cash prize.
    But at the same time, how many other people could've done this in their
    time and still recieve the cash. Though they didn't get the cash hands on
    for the shot, the fact it was donated in their name I can see as fair.
    At the same time, they could've just split the cash between the 2.
    Anyhow...wasn't my decision to make. So What I say here doesn't really matter (:
  • teigan 2011/09/03 19:44:51
    Insurance companies don't like to pay claims. I guess I could make a better decision on this if I knew what the actual contract said.
  • Stan Kapusta 2011/09/03 18:33:03
    Stan Kapusta
    Don't reward dishonesty.
  • avalanche 2011/09/03 18:25:29
    No lying.
    Completely fair.
  • Cap 2011/09/03 17:17:40
    The wrong kid - knowingly - took the shot. If he'd taken the money it would have been theft. Kudos to the parents for not fighting for the money, but equal kudos to the company for its gift to Youth Hockey. I can't imagine trying to raise those kids if I'd conspired w/ them to keep the secret and the money, and, legally, as I'm sure the father was told, if you don't keep the secret you don't keep the money.
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