Ed Jovanovski was on hand at the University of Miami Men’s Hockey game on Friday night to drop the opening ceremony puck. With the NHL lockout ongoing hockey fans in South Florida have looked for a way to attend the sport they love until a deal can be worked out. The University of Miami is looking to do just that as they continue to dominate teams on a nightly basis. Taking notice is not only University of Miami fans and students but also many Florida Panthers fans and a few of the players as well.
Last weekend Kris Versteeg dropped the opening puck as UM took on Florida Gulf Coast University, Ed Jovanovski also decided to join in on the fun as he attended UM’s game Friday against Duke University. Jovanovski spoke briefly with the team prior to the game starting and spoke on the importance of building the team, even years after today’s players graduate and move on. Jovanovski was also available to pose for pictures with fans in attendance and was more than happy to greet anyone who approached him.
Jason Mizrachi, UM alumni and “The voice” of UM hockey had an opportunity to ask Jovanovski a few questions before the game among them one touching on the current NHL lockout. Jovanovski responded saying that he feels the union is strong and has good representation and that an eventual deal will get done, also mentioning the chances he’s had to spend time with his children with the season’s absence. He also spoke about the Panthers taking their game to the next level once NHL hockey does resume, mentioning how the team needs to be more consistent night in and night out.
In the end the University of Miami was victorious by a final score of 7-3, they will take on Duke University again tomorrow night at Kendall Ice Arena starting at 8:30PM.
Jason Mizrachi interviews Ed Jovanovski prior to UM taking on Duke, October 26, 2012.