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Military dad hides in net, surprises family at Lightning game

Monday, December 28, 2015 11:29:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

The holidays can be tough for a lot of families. That's especially true of military families who may have loved ones serving overseas. The Fahrenbach family, however, got one of the best belated Christmas gifts they could have asked for.

During an intermission of the Lightning's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fahrenbach's girls were invited by the Lightning to participate in their shoot the puck game. If you're unfamiliar, a lot of teams have fans come down to try their hand at shooting the puck from either center ice or the blue line. They have to fit the puck into one of three holes on a board that covers the rest of the net.

The girls were so shocked, it took a second for them to realize what was happening before racing to their father's open arms.

According to the Lightning broadcast, Fahrenbach had actually struck up a friendship with Lightning forward Tyler Johnson in Norfolk, Virginia. Johnson was the top player for the Norfolk Admirals, the former AHL affiliate of the Lightning, and Fahrenbach was stationed at Naval Station Nofolk.

The Lightning have been one of the teams that works a lot with local military families. They've organized some spectacular reunions in the past, but this might be their best work yet.

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