(MEDIA GENERAL) – The Florida Panthers honored the memory of the late Jose Fernandez by wearing No. 16 warm-up jerseys for Thursday night’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils.
The death of the 24-year-old all-star pitcher was a major shock to the Miami community, and their hometown hockey team wanted to honor him.
The Panthers also wore No. 16 decals on their helmets and donated $35,000 to Fernandez’s foundation, the JDF16 Foundation, which supports local non-profits in the Miami area. Former Marlins teammates Dee Gordon and Adam Conley attended the game and accepted a check from the Panthers organization.
Fernandez and two friends died early Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, after their speedboat struck a jetty near South Beach.