Panthers selling #SpaceyInSpace sweatshirts for charity

Panthers youngster Aleksander Barkov signed a fresh 6-year contract extension with the Panthers, and afterwards gave a shout out to good friend Leo Komarov and actor Kevin Spacey?

The Florida Panthers are currently sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division and first place in the weird post-game team “hero” award category.

The surprising hockey club awards its hero of the game with a hooded sweatshirt featuring the image of actor Kevin Spacey surrounded by stars.

The Panthers are now selling blue #SpaceyInSpace hoodies to benefit a team charity and the Kevin Spacey Foundation, according to Miami Herald beat writer George Richards.

The Panthers set the internet on fire when images of their game hero award #SpaceyInSpace sweaters first emerged in December. (Yeah, we’re not sure on the significance either but we can respect its awesomeness.)

Twenty-year-old Panthers star Aleksander Barkov extended thanks to Spacey after inking a six-year, $35.4-million contract Monday.

The Kevin Spacey Foundation “creates initiatives that discover, train, fund and mentor emerging artists in drama, dance, music, and film as well as offering life enhancing theatre-in-education projects,” according to the official website.

Kevin Spacey on Twitter

Here’s to the Panthers, one of the NHL’s biggest surprises this season and a hockey team that clearly knows how to have fun.

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