Shayne Gostisbehere, who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for two years, has invited the school’s hockey team to attend Sunday’s game vs. the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida.
Stoneman Douglas’ hockey team captured the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title last week. The championship came just 11 days after the February 14th shooting at the school.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Gostisbehere said of Stoneman Douglas winning the state title, according to The (Doylestown, Pa.) Intelligencer. “Obviously the circumstances are a little rough.
“Just to see how they won it, they didn’t win a game in the round robin and then they came back. … The way they handled themselves, it was pretty cool to see.”
The high school team will get the opportunity to meet Gostisbehere before the game.
Gostisbehere spent his freshman and sophomore years from 2007-09 at Douglas High School before continuing his education and his hockey career at South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut.
He told reporters that his grandparents live just a mile from the school, and he said he knew assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who was killed while trying to shield students during the shooting.
“He was always a great guy. He was always nice to me when I was there,” Gostisbehere said. “Obviously, it really shows his character of what he did in that time of panic and emergency — to put himself on the line for others. Obviously, he’s the true hero and the guy we need to focus on rather than the actual suspect.”
After winning the championship, the Stoneman Douglas players brought their medals back to the school for a memorial service for the victims, and Gostisbehere said he thought “they handled themselves like adults.”
For a few hours on Sunday, Gostisbehere says he hopes his guests can enjoy a bit of a diversion.
“It will be cool to see them,” he said. “[And, hopefully] just get their minds off everything they’ve been going through.”