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Panthers use actor Spacey in unique player award

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There has been a trend of teams giving an award to the player of the game after a win, from the New York Rangers' Broadway hat to the Boston Bruins' Starter jacket to the Calgary Flames' fireman's helmet.

The Florida Panthers have started one of their own and it might be the most unique: a blue hooded sweatshirt featuring the head of actor Kevin Spacey floating in outer space.

Center Aleksander Barkov was seen wearing the sweatshirt after the Panthers' 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Florida's seventh straight victory. When asked about the sweatshirt's significance by the Miami Herald, Barkov said he didn't know where it came from.

The Herald reported a number of players pointed to defenseman Erik Gudbranson as the mastermind behind the sweatshirt, but he denied any involvement.

Spacey, who won an Oscar as best actor for his performance in the 1999 film "American Beauty," and stars on the Netflix drama "House of Cards," seemed to support the Panthers' interesting way of honoring him.

"Only I really know what #SpaceyInSpace means. Hope it continues to bring good luck!" he wrote on his Twitter account.

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