COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Inferno have announced that Steve Rothstein will drop the ceremonial first puck for Opening Night on October 17.
Featured on a segment of NBC’s “The Today Show” in July, Rothstein has accumulated more than 25 million frequent flyer miles, making him one of the two people in the United States with the most frequent flyer miles. Rothstein, who has been to more than 100 countries during his travels, has visited every state in the United States with the exception of South Carolina.
Rothstein will receive an Inferno jersey with the number 50, signifying his 50th state visited, as well as a key to the City of Columbia.
“I’ve never had a reason to travel to South Carolina until now,” said Rothstein, who began traveling following his graduation from Brown University in 1972 and who had visited 48 states and 50 countries by 1975.
“We are excited to have Steve in our building on opening night to help him finish his tour of our 50 states,” said Rick Woodard, General Manager of the Inferno.
Rothstein lives in Wilmette, Ill. with his wife, Nancy Howich Rothstein, who is an author. The couple has two daughters, Natalie and Caroline. The couple’s son, Joshua, was killed by an automobile in 2002. An avid collector and trader of sports memorabilia, Joshua had amassed more than 30,000 trading cards before his death at the age of 15.
“Joshua enjoyed spectator sports like hockey, baseball, basketball and football and he was also a dedicated athlete,” said Rothstein. “We felt like this was the right time to visit South Carolina and drop the puck.”