Dublin, OH - Columbus Blue Jackets center Dan Fritsche has always been a force to be reckoned with on the ice, but how about in the game room? Dublin resident, Daniel Culp found out first-hand on Monday, April 7, in a face off with Fritsche on his new Bubble Hockey arcade game, his prize for winning the Direct Energy Bubble Hockey Challenge contest.
Direct Energy, one of North America's largest energy retailers, awarded Culp, one of more than 1,100 entrants, a classic Super Chexx bubble hockey machine, which was delivered to his home by Fritsche and Blue Jackets mascot Stinger. Devoted hockey fans, the Lowell family invited more than 20 relatives to watch them test their best hockey moves against the NHL star.
"My dad is an avid hockey fan and has been following the Blue Jackets for years," said Daniel Culp, who entered the contest on behalf of his father, Lowell. "This contest brought his enthusiasm for the game right to our front door, something I know he'll never forget."
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"It was fun spending time off the ice to get to know Blue Jackets fans," said Fritsche. "The Culps have a real passion for the game and I’m glad to be a part of it."
As for the Culps, they are trying to figure out if the machine will stay in Lowell's Dublin home or head out to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where Daniel is a student. "I think the only way to settle the matter will be in a game of bubble hockey against my son," laughed Lowell. "We're so grateful to the Blue Jackets and Direct Energy for this opportunity," he said.
The challenge was made possible through a partnership between Direct Energy, Dan Fritsche and FSN Ohio. Direct Energy is the company that also brought Ohioans the Grady Sizemore Backyard Challenge last summer, when the Indians star played WIFFLE BALL at the winner’s home. The company has held similar contests in Texas and Canada. The challenges are part of Direct Energy's brand values of Simple. Friendly. Direct., and the desire to continually differentiate its business from other energy providers across North America.
"Our commitment to being an active corporate citizen of Ohio was the major driver behind this Bubble Hockey Challenge and we’ve been delighted by its success in the large number of Ohioans that entered," said Mike Beck, Vice President and General Manager of Direct Energy. "Direct Energy is fortunate to have one of Ohio’s own participate in our contest, and give the Culp family a priceless memory that will last forever."