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Remembering Jose Fernandez's first NHL game

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The tragic death of Jose Fernandez has many reflecting on his remarkable life and career.

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The late Miami Marlins ace left an indelible mark on his sport, and for one night last winter, his youthful exuberance and curiosity led him to another one.

Fernandez performed the ceremonial faceoff prior to a Florida Panthers game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the BB&T Center in February.


Fernandez and teammate Mike Dunn joined the local broadcast crew at the intermission. The young pitcher talked about what it was like attending his first NHL game and poked fun at himself for originally calling the puck a "ball."

Fernandez's sense of humor, playful disposition and humility were all on display that night.

The Cuban right-hander died early Sunday morning in a boating accident at the age of 24. The Panthers expressed their condolences to the Marlins and Fernandez's family.

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