(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
Without fans there would be no NHL. Here we celebrate our fellow puck heads that love the game as much as we do … or maybe a little too much.
10. Kevin Spacey the newest, most excited Florida Panthers fan
The ‘Spacey in Space’ sweatshirt donned by the Florida Panthers became a league-wide phenomena in the 2015-16 season. Even Kevin Spacey, whose likeness is on the sweatshirt, got in on the fun by sending videos to play on the jumbotron during games.
He finally attended a game in Sunrise in March. The crowd was outfitted with Spacey’s face on a stick and the actor donned one too until the big reveal.
For a decorated actor such as Spacey, this appeared to be one of the most joyous moments of his life.
For many, going to watch sports is a way to escape the real world for a couple hours. Yet there are times when the real world can’t be left at the door of the arena.
Regardless of ones political beliefs or country of citizenship, it’s not difficult to conclude the past 24 hours have been rough in the United States. Finding something to unite a country so divided is difficult; however, the St. Louis Blues reminded everyone that if there is one group to unite for it’s military veterans.
The public address announcer asked the 19,000 in attendance at Scottrade Center to take over for the anthem singer and sing the rest of the Star Spangled Banner for those who have served our country.
The crowd obliged.
For a brief few moments, they were no longer Republicans versus Democrats or even Blues versus Chicago Blackhawks fans. They were simply Americans saying ‘thank you’ to those who’ve served so many of us don’t have to.
Meet Joe Everson.
He’s the man in the Toledo Walleye jersey above standing directly to the right of a painting of the historic photograph ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.’
Mr. Everson painted the portrait.
Just that fact alone tells you Mr. Everson is incredibly talented; yet that’s not all. What if we told you he not only painted said portrait, but did it while singing the Star Spangled Banner?
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night before the Toledo Walleye’s game.
Nothing more ‘Murican than what you’re about to see.
Your move, Rene Rancourt.
One the lasting legacies of P.K. Subban’s time in Montreal will not be something he did on the ice. Nor will it be the trade that sent him to Nashville. It will be the humanitarian impact he had in the city.
In September 2015, Subban pledged $10-million dollars to the Montreal Children’s Hospital over a seven year span. Already a fan favorite of many of the kids in Montreal, he cemented himself in their hearts with his incredible gift.
The news of his trade was met with ‘grief’ from the children. The Montreal Gazette reported, “Doctors, nurses and social workers did their best to reassure the inconsolable children their knight still belonged to them even if he no longer belonged to the Canadiens.”
Subban reassured the kids he was not going to leave them with an incredible heartfelt letter Check out the video as kids and families read what Subban wrote. (Might want to grab the tissues before you do.)
“… just because I have a new address, doesn’t mean my commitment to you and to the hospital is going to change one bit.”
Wow. If that doesn’t tug at your heart strings, then your heart is two sizes too small
, Mr. Bergevin.
LAS VEGAS — Tony X. sprang into popularity this year as the newest fan to the great sport of hockey and more specifically the St. Louis Blues. He was so popular (by NHL standards) that he was asked to attend to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas as a guest of the League.
At 5:19am PT time, Mr. X tweeted out a picture of a Southwest ticket.
Sources close to the event were under the impression that Tony X’s flight was cancelled. The same sources have been unsuccessful at getting in contact with Tony X today at all. They don’t know if he made it to Vegas.
Oh fellow puck heads. You never disappoint us.
Right as the Pittsburgh Penguins started shaking off their gloves and mobbing Matt Murray on the ice, the tweets commemorating the night started rolling in. Here are some of our favorites for both the winners and losers.
And we saved the best for last. He may not have won the Conn Smythe, but he’s the MVP of our hearts.
• The most amazing yet at the same time terrifying tweet of the night.
• Crying Jordan in video form. There are no words.
Before the fire that raged through Fort McMurray engulfed his house, Billy Foley’s girlfriend grabbed four San Jose Sharks jerseys that meant so much to him. Everything else was gone.
The Sharks learned of what happened to Foley, and reached out to their fan.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
The Sharks heard about the chain of events and mascot SJ Sharkie sent a one-of-a-kind heritage jersey to Foley. Last week, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson reached out Foley and his family and invited them to San Jose to be at Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues.
According to a team release, the Sharks are flying the family to San Jose on Friday and will give the family to a VIP experience on Saturday, including Zamboni Rides, high-fiving the team when they come out of the locker room and, naturally, new Sharks jerseys.
Foley and family arrived in San Jose on Friday, greeted by the Sharks mascot, with jerseys in hand.