The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t get the result they wanted against the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop Shayne Gostisbehere from fulfilling his promise to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school boys hockey team.
The team recently won the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida High School State Championship — 11 days after 17 students and staff members were killed in a mass shooting at the school Feb. 14.
Gostisbehere, who attended Stoneman Douglas for two years prior to transferring to South Kent School in Connecticut, invited the hockey team to attend Sunday’s game and spent time with the players before signing autographs after a 4-1 loss at BB&T Center.
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“It’s the least I could do,” Gostisbehere said. “I’ve got to thank the Panthers for setting it up and the Flyers for going with it. It’s just something to take their mind off (things). They’ve had a rough past couple weeks here. Just (want to) get their minds off some things, have some laughs.”
“It was definitely special. Just to get their minds off all the bad stuff that’s happened in the past couple weeks and put some fun in their lives and just shoot the stuff. Obviously, them winning brings the community together.”
Gostisbehere took time to meet, talk to and take pictures with the players after the game concluded.