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by: Penn Collins On  Monday, December 28, 2015
Tags:  Dad   Navy   Tampa Bay Lighting  

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Ok. This is kind of odd. As sports fans, we’ve reached peak military reunion in 2015, with returning veterans apparently popping up around every corner at sporting events. It’s heartwarming, but a little overdone. So the only thing to do to ensure people keep talking about the moment is to push the envelope a little bit and make it weirder.

So that’s what the Lightning did when they put Paul Fahrenbach, a returning veteran, in a goal behind a plywood facade to surprise his family. Now if you’re thinking, “Cramming a veteran behind a piece of plywood at a Tampa Bay Lightning game doesn’t seem very dignified,” then you’re right. It definitely doesn’t.

But it happened. And he had to wear a helmet, because even though we trusted him to defend liberty and life in the Middle East, we just don’t trust his judgement around this slippery ice.

Take a look:



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