SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- On a night that the Florida Panthers handed out cardboard cutouts of actor Keven Spacey's face, the ``House of Cards'' star surprised fans by taking off his ``Spacey Facey'' mask as the videoboard camera panned around the stands.

The Academy Award-winning actor attended the game Saturday night in support of the Panthers, wearing a sweatshirt showing an image of his face.

It started as a joke a few months ago, when the Panthers issued a blue sweatshirt with ``Spacey In Space'' _ his face floating in outer space _ to the star of each winning game. After a win, that player would then hand the shirt off to someone else.

Spacey, an Oscar winner for ``The Usual Suspects'' and ``American Beauty,'' caught wind of it through social media. Whatever ``Spacey In Space'' means remains a mystery; players have kept their fascination with it a closely guarded inside joke.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, they didn't get a chance to award the hoodie Saturday night after their 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Spacey visited briefly with the players in their locker room after the game.

``He came in after (and) we said hi to him,'' Nick Bjugstad said, ``It wasn't as fun as if we would have won, the environment in the locker room. We're down a little bit. We definitely appreciate him coming down, supporting the team.''

Spacey's appearance on the scoreboard drew a huge roar from the crowd, many of whom also wore masks of his face.

``He congratulated me on my new contract and said he wanted a piece of it,'' said Aleksander Barkov, who got a $35.5 million extension over six years.

Even the Red Wings were excited by Spacey's appearance.

``It was pretty cool seeing Kevin Spacey in the stands,'' Dylan Larkin said. ``The crowd got pretty crazy, so that was a cool moment.''

The sweatshirts sell for $40. Proceeds go to the Florida Panthers Foundation and the Kevin Spacey Foundation.


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