Does it ever drive you crazy just how fast the (K)night changes?
Three weeks ago, Spencer Knight signed his entry level contract with the Florida Panthers, leaving Boston College after two phenomenal seasons as starting goalie. Tonight, he made his NHL debut, wearing his BC mask and Team USA pads with his Panthers sweater.
And boy, what a debut it was.
Knight — who became the first goaltender born in the 2000s to appear in an NHL game — saved 33 of 34 shots to backstop the Panthers to a 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, earning first star of the night honors for his performance. While he didn’t have to stand on top of his head and received a lot of support from the team in front of him, he was there when they needed him to make saves and overall had a strong game. He remained calm and collected in the crease — of course, something we’re used to seeing from his time at BC.
Additionally in going up against the Blue Jackets, he faced fellow BC alum Cam Atkinson, further proof of the success former Eagles continue to find in the NHL.
It’s unclear if/when Knight will make his next NHL start, given that the race for the top spot in the Central Division is heating up — but if there’s one thing that’s evident, it’s that he is definitely prepared for this next step in his career, and it is very exciting!
A huge, huge congrats to Spencer!
Here is a fun tweet roundup from the night:
Let's ride.#CBJvsFLA is LIVE! pic.twitter.com/8d1X9GTsWR— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 20, 2021
Your time to shine, @slknight30 ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/oGjcZnAZYI— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 20, 2021
April 21, 2021
Huberdeau on Knight: “We knew he was going to be great. He might have been nervous but it didn’t show out there. The way he moves the puck when he’s out of the net is incredible.” #CBJvsFLA pic.twitter.com/0fEgfYwCwp— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 21, 2021
(so true, Jonathan Huberdeau!)
Knight on his debut: “I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. The guys did a good job of keeping it light and telling me to just go out and play hockey. At the end of the day, it’s just hockey... It was awesome.” #CBJvsFLA pic.twitter.com/oJiYgEyQ6t— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 21, 2021
✅ Turn 20— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) April 21, 2021
✅ NHL debut
✅ First win
How’s your week going?@FlaPanthers // #ForBoston⚔️ pic.twitter.com/dFohDZ00gM