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Panthers honoring Patric Hornqvist before tonight’s Pens game

The ceremony will celebrate Hornqvist’s career.

NHL: MAR 19 Panthers at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A pregame ceremony will be held tonight before the Penguins’ game against the Panthers and will celebrate the career of Patric Hornqvist.

Hornqvist, who won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017, retired over the summer after 15 years in the NHL.

During his time with the Pens, Hornqvist helped re-shape the team’s identity ahead of and during its back-to-back Stanley Cup run.

Jake Guentzel shared a hilarious story about Hornqvist’s fiery nature in a heated moment with Sidney Crosby:

“Sid likes to have all the water bottles standing up on the bench. They have to be standing up. One night, those two are kind of yelling at each other, and Horny just went and knocked all his water bottles over because they were mad at each other. Then, like two shifts later, they go out and score together.”

Note: Letang was originally going to tell this one, but thought Crosby might have wanted to. When he heard Guentzel had already done so, Letang added a little more to it:

“Horny was just fiery coming back to the bench. Like, he knows Sid wants every bottle standing up.”

Hornqvist was traded from the Penguins to the Florida Panthers in September 2020.

“Patric’s leadership and unparalleled competitive drive helped to shape the spirit of the Florida Panthers today,” said Panthers General Manager Bill Zito. “He is beloved here in South Florida as well as in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Sweden and throughout the National Hockey League, and we are excited to celebrate his decorated career.”

Mike Sullvan also shared comments on what made Hornqvist so special.

His playing time came to an end after 22 games of the 2022-23 season when he suffered a concussion.

Following his retirement, Hornqvist joined the Panthers front office staff as scouting and development consultant.