Bo Horvat had a lot of pressure on him Wednesday night after seeing a young fan’s sign stating he’d get a dog if Horvat scored a goal. But in the third period, Horvat came through.
‘Hotdog Horvat’ will be finding his way home soon, and all thanks to some timely scoring by his or her namesake.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game between Vancouver and Arizona, a clever young Canucks fan made his father a bet: if Bo Horvat scored against the Coyotes, he was getting a new best friend. More specifically, a wiener dog, one he would happily name ‘Hotdog Horvat’ in honor of the goal-scorer who made his puppy dream come true.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) 5 January 2017
Horvat was well aware of the pressure he was under, too. He said post-game that he noticed the sign around the end of the first or second period, which means he had at least one intermission to at least think about the request. It helped, too, because with little more than six minutes left in the outing, he delivered.
Spotting a loose puck in the neutral zone, Horvat took off up the ice, splitting the Coyotes’ defense and slipping free for a partial breakaway. Cutting in on goal, Horvat faked to the left, slammed on the breaks, shifted the puck to his backhand and flipped one past Arizona netminder Mike Smith.
Horvat celebrated his goal, while the young fan celebrated his new dog:
Horvat wasn’t done there, though. Post-game, he wanted to ensure the puppy-winning goal actually paid off.
“Hopefully he sends a tweet my way and I can get a hold of him and make sure he gets him that dog, because that doesn’t happen very often when you make a sign like that and the player you want to score scores,” Horvat said, according to NHL.com. “So I was happy to do that for the kid.”
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