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Panthers retire ‘Kevin Spacey in Space’ shirt after elimination


The Florida Panthers were eliminated from the postseason Sunday courtesy of a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the New York Islanders. But the Panthers were one of the bigger surprises of the 2015-16 NHL season and not only did their play on the ice attract more attention than the team historically has received, a whimsical locker room ritual became the talk of the league.

But all that will come to an end with their postseason elimination, as one Panthers player sadly has announced that the “Kevin Spacey in Space” sweatshirt is being retired, per a report from Puck Daddy.

The sweatshirt, which strangely featured actor Kevin Spacey’s disembodied head adrift in space, was bestowed upon the team’s player of the game throughout the season. It generated so much buzz that the actor himself became involved in the craze, even showing up to a Panthers game in person in March.

But even without the “Spacey in Space” sweatshirt, the Panthers have to feel good about heading into next season. The team will be coming of the most successful regular season in franchise history, winning their division for the second time ever.

Even without a “Spacey in Space” shirt, though, perhaps the disembodied head of the respected actor is still out there somewhere. And from its unidentified place in the cosmos it will continue to provide the Panthers with positive mojo while it floats in the ether.

Well, not literally, of course.