Florida Panthers will wear Jose Fernandez jerseys, honor star pitcher pregame

By: Andy Slater

Jose Fernandez was well liked by many people in South Florida including the entire Florida Panthers organization.

I've learned that all players on the Panthers will wear a No. 16 Fernandez jersey during pre-game warmups at their season opener on Thursday night. Also to show their appreciation for the late Marlins star pitcher, the team will wear No. 16 helmet stickers.

Fernandez went to his first Panthers game last season and dropped the puck.

The Panthers will also have a special guest for the tribute Thursday night, I've been told. 

Fernandez was tragically killed, along with two other young men, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivera, on Sept. 25 in a boat crash in Miami Beach. The crash is still under investigation. 

Faceoff against the New Jersey Devils at the BB&T Center Thursday night is set for 7:30 p.m. 

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