Brian Groves' kids play hockey, so he is a hockey fan.
And now he's one very popular guy.
Last Friday night, Groves won a 2014 Nissan Altima when he fired a puck 120 feet down the ice, through a 3.5 inch slot in the goal and into Utah Grizzlies lore.
The Grizzles won the game 2-1 in overtime in front of 6,000-plus fans at the Maverik Center. But the biggest cheer might have been for Groves, who was the 250th contestant to try and win the car through the contest sponsored by Tim Dahle Nissan.
The Big Sky Conference is down to its top 27 all-time athletes, including a pair of Wildcats.
The Big Sky is celebrating is 50 years of competition by honoring its top athletes and memorable moments.
Former Weber State football star Scott Shields winds up 27th on the list, while WSU basketball player Harold "The Show" Arceneaux sits 25th.
To see more, visit bigskyconf.com.
Last week, the American Ride dude made us recite the Gettysburg Address.
This week, Stan Ellsworth will tell us about Notre Dame's educational and athletic history.
The big Harley-riding, muscled-up high school history teacher who offers his take on American history will chronicle the university's history and position as a symbol of American culture, where faith, fellowship and football converge.
The half-hour episode "To Notre Dame" aired this week on BYUTV, and will also air immediately after the game (5:30 p.m. MST).
Of course, it's possible many Cougar fans will have had their fill of Notre Dame by game's end.
For information visit byutv.org.
Deer Valley Resort recently won the designation of the best U.S. ski resort in the inaugural World Ski Awards. The Utah resort is now in the running for world's best, to be announced in a couple of weeks. You can follow the process at worldskiawards.com. ...
Bountiful native Jake Gibb was just named MVP of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Tour for 2013. ...
KJZZ TV has five 30-minute specials focused on Utah Jazz basketball this season, beginning Nov. 26 with a profile on coach Tyrone Corbin. The show will air at 8 p.m. Part of the focus will be on his involvement with the Basketball without Borders camp in South Africa last summer. Future specials will include features on Jerry Sloan (Jan. 28) and Karl Malone (Feb. 18). ...
This is my final attempt to set things right. Former Fremont High standouts Kayla Ivins and Taylor Ivins are now playing college sports. Taylor is a sophomore at Denver University, which made the NCAA women's soccer tournament. Taylor is a freshman with the Weber State track and field squad.
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