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South Florida Ties to Frozen Four: Union D Shayne Gostisbehere Grew up a #FlaPanthers Fan

FrozenfourBY ERIK ERLENDSSON, Tampa Tribune (Special to On Frozen Pond)

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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.

“Not a lot of people play hockey down here, not a lot Shayneof college hockey at least, so it’s definitely awesome,’’ Gostisbehere said.

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.’’


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Where did he play down here before heading north? Which travel team? Which high school team? Who was the coach who said go north young man?

Do not know...

As a panther fan that lives just a few miles from Union College, I am pulling for the Dutchmen to pull this out and bring a championship back to Schenectady and Upstate NY!!!

I think he played for the FL Jr. Panthers



The kid played well tonight but Union lost a heartbreaker. I'm glad he is showing how Florida junior hockey is up and coming.

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