The first time Martin Vanek saw the Florida Panthers play the Detroit Red Wings, it was in front of his father, who is a big fan.
When Vanek was growing up, he played the game in the backyard.
“It was fun, but it wasn’t what you’d call fun, just like baseball,” Vanek said.
“You could hear the crowd and see the fans.
It’s hard to see a game and know who’s playing.”
When I saw them, I knew they were a real team.
I’m pretty good at reading the standings.
I knew Detroit was going to be a tough game to beat.
“They were coming in at 7-3 and it looked like they were in a fight for a playoff spot, but I thought it was a great opportunity to see how well they can play hockey.
I was excited to see what they could do.”
The Panthers defeated the Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday in front the hometown crowd of about 1,200.
They had a few good moments, but the big story was the first time Vanek has seen the game.
Vanek said it was the best thing he’s ever seen.
“I saw it and I thought, ‘I’ve never seen a team come back from down a goal or a goal-line stand, but they came back with the energy and the passion,'” Vanek told The Associated Press.
“It was pretty special.”
Vek was born in Detroit, but he grew up in Florida and played college hockey at Duke University.
His father, Michael, played the New York Islanders in the NHL.
“He’s a legend,” Vanak said.
“So when you get to see him and hear what he does every day, I was just so excited to be part of it.”
Vanek, who had just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, said he hopes to see the Panthers play again.
“We are playing the same team, so I’m just looking forward to that game,” Vanesek said of the game against the Red Wing.
“I hope it’s a fun game.”