Bobby Segin got the call he had been hoping for, driving home after Thursday’s game at the BB&T Center.
The Florida Panthers needed him to join them for Friday’s practice as goaltender Roberto Luongo was taking a day’s break. Segin headed to the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs for the chance of a lifetime.
“It is a dream come true, I just love playing hockey,” said Segin, who works as an account executive in the ticket sales department of the club.
With Luongo taking the day off, he found himself in between the pipes facing shots from the likes of Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr.
“He got me once in warm-ups, but I think I might have got him back a couple of times,” said Segin of Jagr.
Segin was a goaltender for The Gunnery Prep School and later played college hockey for the University of Connecticut Huskies. He was in his element when he joined the Panthers on the ice for their practice session in between two home games.
“I think it’s good for everybody because it’s a mix of the business and the team side,” said Executive Chairman Peter Luukko, who was joined by Segin’s ticket sales and sponsorship team co-workers to watch him skate with the Cats.
"[Lu] wanted the day off so we put the young kid in there and he did well," – Head Coach Gerard Gallant.
After practice, Segin headed back to the BB&T Center to join his co-workers and prepare for Saturday’s Florida Panthers home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with his clients and sales team.
“It’s a good reason to want to come work for us, I think. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Luukko.