Awesome. As one of a handful of Jewish hockey players currently playing in the NHL (Eric Nystrom and Jeff Halpern being two others), I bet Florida Panthers left winger Cory Stillman’s heart is swelling with pride that his organization is paying tribute to his faith with their Hanukkah Celebration. Scheduled for December 7th, the “Biggest Hanukkah Party in South Florida” is scheduled to include the following festivities (via Panthers.com):
- A giant menorah lighting on the JetBlue Tarmac at 6:45 p.m.
- Jewish music provided by Avimagic Entertainment
- Kosher food available throughout the game in select locations
- Postgame on-ice slap shots
Even better, according to Puck Daddy, the above official Florida Panthers Yarmulke will be handed out to all ticket holders in attendance at the Panthers-Avalanche game at the BankAtlantic Cente that evening, be they of the Jewish faith or not. Now, here’s an interesting thought: if it so happens that a Panthers player manages to get a hat trick that magical night, would it be considered in bad taste to throw your Yarmulke onto the ice? The Panthers brass should probably let the fans know beforehand. Lord knows the team would not want to offend the incredibly small Jewish population who make their homes in South Florida.
Panthers Hanukkah Celebration Scheduled For Dec. 7 [Panthers.com (via Puck Daddy)]