In just more than two years, the Science of Hockey exhibit at the Discover Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., has attracted people of all ages to the state-of-the-art exhibit on the physics of the game. On Wednesday, it reached a major milestone when it welcomed its one millionth visitor.
|Getzlaf greets 1,000,000th fan (Courtesy: Ducks)
With a personal greeting from Anaheim Ducks
captain Ryan Getzlaf
, eight-year-old Zachary Geiss passed through the doors as the lucky milestone visitor. Geiss was on a field trip to the exhibit with his second-grade class. In addition to meeting the Olympic gold medalist and All-Star center, Geiss was awarded a party suite for an upcoming Ducks game at Honda Center, an annual Family Membership to the Discovery Science Center and a special "1,000,000" Ducks jersey.
The exhibit, created in partnership with the Ducks, the NHL and USA Hockey, opened in April 2009 and turns the excitement of a hockey game into an interactive learning experience. Visitors to the state-of-the-art exhibit explore how physics and physiology relate to the game. The Science of Hockey is the largest interactive and educational hockey exhibition in the United States.
Fans can take turns shooting or stopping pucks, sit in a broadcast booth or penalty box, test their reaction time, pit their skating skills against NHL players and even sit in a real Zamboni.
In anticipation of the one millionth visitor, the Discovery Science Center has been hosting Anaheim Ducks
Week (Oct. 15-23). And in celebration of the start of the 2011-12 season, all children ages 3-14 wearing Ducks gear will receive free admission to the museum through Sunday.