Dad dogged with getting a new pet after betting Sens’ Bobby Ryan wouldn’t score
A pair of Ottawa kids are getting a puppy thanks to a dad’s poor choice to bet against one of the NHL’s biggest stars.
Warren Jansen had spent the last few months dodging requests from his son’s Cole and Reece to get a dog.
Dad thought he found a clever way to end the debate when he proposed a deal ahead of Sunday night’s hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers.
If Bobby Ryan scores then the kids get a dog. No net, no pet.
— NHL (@NHL) January 24, 2016
The excited kids came prepared to the game, carrying a sign that read ‘Bobby, Dad said if you score we get a puppy!’
The sign referred to Bobby Ryan, a sniper for the Senators who has scored more than 200 career goals.
The forward took notice.
Ryan, who is known more for his shot, made the two boys’ dream come true when he shoveled in his 17th goal of the season from just in front of the net.
The go-ahead goal sealed the deal, and there was no backing out for Jansen after the bet backfired live television.
The game was nationally televised, and the broadcast informed viewers of the bet.
“I just shouldn’t have picked such a talented player like Bobby Ryan,” Jansen told TSN. “I should have picked somebody else.”
When asked if he would live up to the pact, Jansen forfeited any attempt to avoid following through.
“I don’t think I have a choice this time,” said Jansen. “I will for sure.”
It didn’t take long for Jansen’s sons to pick out the breed they want.
“We’re getting a pomsky,” 10-year-old Cole said.
And what name have the boys chosen? Fittingly, ‘Bobby’.
Ryan told reporters after the game that he was glad to help make the boys’ wish a reality.
“I saw the dad’s face when they announced [the goal] and he wasn’t too impressed, but the kids were and that’s all that matters, so I’m pretty happy for them,” he said.
Ryan even offered to help finance the Jansens’ new dog.
“If they want a rescue, I’ll rescue one for them.”
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