TAMPA -- Growing up outside of Sunrise, Union freshman D Shayne Gostisbehere attended Florida Panthers games on a regular basis as his grandparents held season tickets since the inaugural season in 1993-94.
Now the 19-year-old who grew up in Margate idolizing Pavel Bure is playing the biggest game of his hockey career on Florida soil as a regular blue liner for the East Coast Athletic Conference champions appearing in their first Frozen Four.
Gostisbehere picked up hockey at the age of five after going to the rink so much with his sister, who was a figure skater.
By the time he was a teenager playing travel hockey, he was recruited to play prep school hockey in Connecticut after playing in a tournament in Boston before eventually landing at Union this season.
“My coach sat me down (in high school) and told me that I had a chance to play somewhere else,’’ Gostisbehere said. “I definitely took the game more serious and it’s turned out great.’’