Ariana Grande Reflects On Being Struck By A Hockey Puck Twice As A Kid
Ariana Grande’s new album Thank U, Next sings about being struck by heartbreak and a newly surfaced old image proves that she’s been struck twice before…by a hockey puck.
A throwback image was shared to Twitter by Mike Commito that sees a young Ariana riding a Zamboni, smiling wide. “I just saw a picture of @ArianaGrande riding the Zamboni @FlaPanthers game in 1998, but the real story is that, by the age of 5, she had already been struck by two pucks at NHL games. She was actually the first person to be hit by a puck in the Panthers’ new arena,” the caption reads.
The 1998 article reads:
“A real cutie in her red Panthers jersey, tiny Ariana Grande-Butera attracts plenty of attention when she sits in the first row behind the penalty box. Attention from the officials, from the players, from fellow Panther fans. But the 5-year-old Boca Raton kid, who has gone to just about every home game since she turned 2, also attracts pucks. Yep. Hockey pucks.”
Ariana responded to her past coming to light, retweeting the article with: “Started from the bottom now we here #thankunext.”
She even added: “If i’m honest ….. this is still exactly what i look like without lashes and my pony ….. anyone who knows me knows me knows ….. like …. i’m twenty-five. i was five here. the only difference now is that hand now says bbq grill finger.”