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Blue Jackets fan tries 'Bottle Cap Challenge,' gets amazing result

Foligno, Atkinson both impressed with 11-year-olds attempt

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sometimes, you have to just throw the puck at the water bottle and good things happen.

Wyatt Gernert, an 11-year-old hockey player from Dublin, Ohio, was attempting the viral "Bottle Cap Challenge," and while the result he got wasn't what he intended, it was amazing enough to catch the attention of Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and forward Cam Atkinson.

Gernert, a forward for the CCYHA Blue Jackets, his youth team in Dublin, said he had heard about the challenge and decided he was going to give it a try.

For the uninitiated, the "Bottle Cap Challenege" started last month when a Taekwondo instructor kicked a cap off a water bottle. It really took off when actor Jason Statham posted a video of it to Instagram. 

Gernert placed a water bottle on top of two pucks and tried to knock the cap off.

He missed. It didn't matter.

The puck he shot hit the second puck in the stack, knocking it out of frame while the water bottle landed safely on the bottom puck. And yes, the cap did come off.

Wyatt's father, Mark Gernert, a Blue Jackets season ticket holder, posted the incredible video to Twitter.

Tweet from @MarkGernert: So Wyatt attempted the #BottleCapChallenge, but instead did something way cooler! Can you do this @BlueJacketsNHL @CamAtkinson13 @ZachWerenski @seth_jones3 @NickFoligno @BDubi17 @NHL @GELSTX pic.twitter.com/52hdIKRrbi

As a hockey player, Wyatt knew he hadn't done it. At least the way it was intended.

"I saw the puck I shot was too low," Wyatt Gernert told NHL.com. "But I saw it hit the puck and saw the cap fly up."

Wyatt, who said he often practices in his garage, has gotten some pretty amazing responses to his video. Foligno responded "Way to go Wyatt!!! Best one I've seen yet." with a GIF from the movie "Wayne's World."

Tweet from @NickFoligno: Way to go Wyatt!!! Best one I���ve seen yet. pic.twitter.com/Cb9NTmnnJc

Atkinson, Wyatt's favorite player, posed a second challenge: Try to do it again.

Tweet from @CamAtkinson13: Hundred bucks + steak and lobster dinner says you can���t do it again 😉

While he hasn't given it a second attempt yet, Wyatt insists he will.

"My brother said I should throw the puck and edit the video," Wyatt said with a laugh. "I'm definitely going to give it another shot."

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