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Video: Shaq rides Zamboni, drops puck at Devils game

Jan 11, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT

Florida is facing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, so we could discuss how Panthers head coach Peter Horachek thinks his opponents are better than their record indicates. Of course, that seems kind of boring when we can instead focus on Shaquille O’Neal driving a Zamboni before the game, as this mesmerizing footage captures.

The Devils were kind enough to provide this “behind the scenes” footage of Shaq … interacting with their mascot:

(Should we call him “The Big Truculent” now?)

Here are a few shots from his test drive, via the Devils:



Requisite joke No. 1: “You know, the Devils could really use a net presence …”

Requisite joke No. 2: “Shaq’s other car is a Zamboni and his other other car is a Buick.”

Update: He also dropped the first puck (in an Alexei Ponikarovsky jersey, no less):

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Well, my day is officially complete. Once again, thank you Shaq. I may now sleep soundly.

  2. crazemastercraze - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    He should play goalie!!!!

  3. sharknad0 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Too bad he now has to sit through a devils, panthers game

    • millertime1101 - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Tim Thomas Jagr are worth the ticket alone

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Is that the same Shaq from the movie Kazaam and the rap group “The Fu-shnickens”?

  5. flyerguy73 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Defenitely not a basketball fan, but Shaquille is one cool dude.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Same here. Always been a Shaq fan. Just a big kid & always charitable. I remember when he filled 18-wheelers with Xmas toys for needy kids. Good guy.

  6. mrhyperpants - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Could of at least given him a shirt with his own name and number on it. Fail by,the devils lol. Yet some bleb probably gets a bonus for getting shaq down there. Any how, such is life.

  7. lovac2 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Did they check the ice for any damage after that zamboni ride?

  8. multiplemiggs - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    they did give him a jersey he wore it when he dropped the puck

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