Kevin Kahl from Syosset attended his fourth Islanders game of the season on Sunday. Chances are, he’ll remember this game more than the others. After winning the American Airlines Fly Away Contest, Kahl receives round-trip airfare for two to Barcelona.
Prior to the start of the game, Kahl was selected—along with two other contestants—to answer a trivia question for the right to shoot a puck the length of the ice, and onto one of two designated spots on the ice.
Kahl was selected for the final round after coming closest to the correct answer to question of “how many miles do you need to earn to qualify as an Executive Platinum Member of the AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program.”
Kahl then had the task of shooting a puck on a mat situated on the far faceoff circles—nearly 200 feet away.
“I used to play deck hockey about 25 years ago. That’s about it,” said Kahl. “I just wanted to get the puck down there. I didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of all these people. I know they boo if you’re not close. And I’m usually one of them.”
Kahl had the option to shoot at the Barcelona mat or the Zurich mat. He selected Barcelona. His first shot narrowly missed, sliding over the mat. The second was right on.
“When I saw the first shot jump over, I thought wow I’m close,” said Kahl. “On the next one I just did it a little lighter. I knew I had it when everyone in the crowd in the back roared and jumped up. I was like, ‘holy mackerel, I got it.’ Everything was a blur. I just went for Barcelona because it was like tunnel vision. I saw the girls down there and just went for it. I was talking to my wife Margaret about wanting to go somewhere in Europe soon, so this worked out pretty well.”