HELP WANTED: Florida Panthers go public in search for emergency goalie, ESPN's Linda Cohn is "available"
Tuesday's controversial goalie situation, in which goalie coach Robb Tallas suited up as Florida's backup goalie in the third period, has spawned the team's public search for an emergency goalie.
The Panthers officially unveiled their plan, called a 'Goal of a Lifetime,' in which local amateur goalies (18-and-over) will compete for the chance to work with the Panthers in practice for a day.
The team would also likely keep track of the participants in case they needed an emergency goalie for a practice, or again, even in the middle of a game.
Interested applicants need to apply through the team website and a competition will be held March 16 at the BB&T Center. Two finalists will compete for the job during an intermission of Florida's game against Montreal on March 17.
A number of national hockey outlets picked up on the promotion with ESPN's Linda Cohn tweeting a picture of herself in goalie gear to the Panthers with the message "I'm available for backup duty."
The Panthers responded "we'd love to see you in net at the BB&T Center.''
"We think we're going to have a great response for this,'' executive chairman Peter Luukko said. "[Assistant coach] John Madden told us they used to do this up in Minnesota so we figured, 'why don't we do it as well.' It should be a lot of fun.''