WESTON (CBSMiami) – In a school of 4300 kids, few at Cypress Bay High School in Weston knew of Jake Levy until Tuesday—when his incredible hockey goal made it to ESPN Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays.
Levy, a hockey player for the Cypress Bay Lightning, made a sensational shot on the ice, passing the puck between his legs of the goalie and straight into the net. Levy’s goal helped gain the team a victory over Flanagan High School.
“I was not so surprised that it went in as I was that I was able to do it in front of so many people, some who were videotaping it,” Levy explained to CBS 4 News.
Video of the spectacular shot went viral and made its way to ESPN’s Sports Center and their coveted play of the day segment.
Levy was watching the show with his family when, to his surprise, he heard his name.
“I didn’t think I would be higher than ten, and I looked down and my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe it.”
His friends were happily surprised too.
“I was having breakfast and watching the replay,” said classmate Dylan Pulitano. “I heard the name, ‘Jake Levy,’ and I said, ‘this is crazy!’”
Levy’s best friend Jake Fuhrman did admit he was a little envious.
“It’s always been one of my dreams to be on Sports Center.”
Levy’s play was plenty-tweeted about—he said he’s gotten 1000 tweets since the play first went viral.
It’s a dream come true for this 16-year-old who is in love with hockey and dreams of playing in the NHL one day.
For the moment though, he’s basking in the spotlight of a cold weather sport that rarely makes hot news in South Florida.
“It’s nice to put South Florida hockey on the map and bring attention to my school and my community,” said Levy.
As a reward, the Florida Panthers hockey team gave Levy a VIP pass to Tuesday night’s game.