Hockey can be strange. Jonathan Bernier, once the goalie of the future in Los Angeles, can’t even seem to get his NHL save percentage to .900. Sidney Crosby, often called the best player of his generation, is nowhere near the point-per-game totals he’s made look easy in his career. The Florida Panthers are first place in the Atlantic Division.
That’s right. After tying a franchise record with their seventh-straight win Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens, the Panthers find themselves back atop the Atlantic Division after vacating the seat for all of one day. But that might not even be the strangest thing about them. No – the strangest thing about this team might be the award they give to the “hero” after a game.
Some teams give out hard hats, capes or championship belts, but the Panthers went in a different, more confusing direction. This seems to be a new thing as George Richards, a beat reporter following the team, said it was the first time he'd seen it in the locker room. Aleksander Barkov earned this one for his two goals in the 3-1 win over the Canadiens. Hopefully, this is the start of something.
As for the meaning behind the "Spacey in Space" sweater...well, what is its origin? It's a bit of a secret.
Whatever. Just let us see full-mullet Jaromir Jagr in this amazing Kevin Spacey sweater.