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.