Fans claw giant ice block for Flyers tix

Ted Allavena of the Northeast holds the lucky ticket-containing puck he freed from a giant ice sculpture of the Flyers logo on the morning of Oct. 10, 2010.
Ted Allavena of the Northeast holds the lucky ticket-containing puck he freed from a giant ice sculpture of the Flyers logo on the morning of Oct. 10, 2010.
Posted: October 10, 2011

Scores of people tried this morning, but Ted Allavena, 25, of Northeast Philadelphia, found the lucky puck trapped in a block of ice like the Flyers logo near the Clothespin statue.

Hidden inside the puck were two tickets to Wednesday night's home opener.

The exercise, which lasted nearly four hours at 15th and Markets Streets, gave "playing the hot hand" a new meaning.

No tools, like keys, were allowed - only the warmth of hands to melt enough ice to free any of the 100 pucks.

Each contestant got only one minute, but some got back in line and made a half-dozen tries, said Flyers publicist Rebecca Goodman.

Allavena made just one attempt, freeing the winning puck about 11:45 a.m. from near the left end of the bottom row. No doubt, he was helped by previous melting.

The season opener, against the Vancouver Canucks, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Afterward, fans will get a free magnet with the season schedule.

For more Flyers schedule and ticket information, go to www.philadelphiaflyers.com.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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