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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Spencer Knight is Back with the Florida Panthers



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The Florida Panthers have called up goaltender Spencer Knight after he spent the entire season with the AHL Charlotte Checkers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FORT LAUDERDALESpencer Knight is back with the Florida Panthers.

Knight, 23, spent the entire season with the AHL Charlotte Checkers. He was 25-14-5 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.41 goals-against average in 45 games.

He started two games in the playoffs, going 1-1 with a .925 save percentage and a 1.87 goals-against average before Charlotte dropped its best of three series with the Hartford Wolfpack last week.

Magnus Hellberg started the decisive Game 3.

Knight, the first-round pick of the Panthers in 2019, left the team last season after being admitted into the NHL’s player assistance program due to a battle with OCD.

“It was refreshing just to be able to play,” Knight told of his season.

“To me, that was honestly the highlight — just playing. That’s the one thing I didn’t take for granted this year, being able to be on the ice and play. It was fun. It was great.”

Knight was named the winner of the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award — an honor voted on by coaches, players and media members and given to the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

“I’m just kind of on my own path,” Knight said. “It’s obviously nice to see. I hope I can serve as an inspiration a little bit, but I’m probably not going to be the last person that has to go through something hard.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the Panthers had not officially called up any other players from Charlotte.

Knight is officially listed on Florida’s playoff roster and will likely serve as the team’s third-string goalie behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Anthony Stolarz throughout the playoffs.

Evan Cormier is also part of Florida’s goalie team.

Stolarz had a scare in practice on Thursday after he was slow to get up after taking a shot down low but he returned to practice unscathed.

Maurice said that the shot hit him in an unmentionable area and stunned him for a bit.

Stolarz, after some laughs from his teammates, returned and finished practice.

This is a developing story which will be updated when new information becomes available.

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