Two weeks ago, the Florida Panthers had both of their goalies get injured in a game against the Maple Leafs, which nearly led to goalie coach Robb Tallas taking the ice for the team.

Naturally, the Panthers decided to have some fun with the situation, and are holding a “Goal of a Lifetime” contest, in which 60 invitees will try out to be the team’s backup practice goalie for a day. One of the 60 invitees? ESPN’s Linda Cohn, who played between the pipes in both high school and college.

More details about the contest from the Sun Sentinel

The Panthers’ “Goal of a Lifetime” contest has received widespread attention and generated 1,500 applicants, including some from outside Florida. Of those invited, 37 had confirmed they will participate, as of Friday, a team spokesman said, including Sun Sentinel reporter Wayne K. Roustan.

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Two finalists will be selected to compete in a shootout that will feature Panthers alumni during the first intermission of Tuesday’s game against Montreal. The goaltender with the best performance in the shootout will be selected as the Panthers’ back-up practice goalie.

Pretty awesome.

ESPN has no excuse not to talk about hockey today!

[Sun Sentinel]