Florida Panthers to hold contest to find backup goalie


The Florida Panthers were running out of options for who would step in net when both Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya got hurt in Tuesday night’s a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. At one point, forward Derek MacKenzie had the goalie gear on to go in as an emergency replacement. Eventually 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas came out in the pads.

Montoya ended up staying in the game injured and then Luongo, who had been out of the building already, came back to finish the game. Needless to say, the Panthers are going to need some backup. So who will they turn to? YOU, perhaps.

The Panthers announced plans for their “Goal of a Lifetime” contest Thursday. The contest’s aim is to give one Panthers fan the opportunity to sign a one-day amateur tryout contract and serve as the Panthers backup goalie in practice for one day.

More from the Panthers on this unique opportunity:

The “Goal of a Lifetime” contest is open to all men and women goaltenders (must be 18-years-old or older). All goaltenders are asked to submit their playing resume to FloridaPanthers.com/backupgoalie. After reviewing the resumes, a select group of goaltenders will participate in an on-ice try-out that will take place on Monday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at BB&T Center. Panthers Goaltending Coach Robb Tallas and select Panthers Alumni will oversee the try-outs.

Two finalists will be selected from the try-outs and will be invited to compete in a shootout that will feature Panthers Alumni during the first intermission of Florida’s game against Montreal on March 17. The goaltender with the best performance in the shootout will be selected as the Panthers’ back-up practice goalie and will sign a one-day amateur try-out with the team.

“We look forward to welcoming goaltenders from across South Florida to this open try-out,” said Tallas. “It promises to be a once in a lifetime experience for the goaltender who is selected to serve as our team’s back-up practice goalie for a day.”

Additionally, the winning goaltender will receive two complimentary tickets for each home game remaining in the 2014-2015 regular season, a team-signed jersey and will be featured on Fox Sports Florida during an intermission segment.

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