The Edmonton Oilers, which feature defenseman Ethan Bear, will visit the Florida Panthers for a 4 p.m. game on Feb. 15 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Bear, an Indigenous player who grew up in the Ochapowace Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, is in his first full NHL season.
He’s been one of the Edmonton’s biggest surprises, posting 4 goals and 12 assists in 49 games while averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time per game.
Both teams are in battles for playoff spots in their respective conferences.
The Panthers also have an Indigenous player in their system. Defenseman Brady Keeper, from the Cross Lake Nation in Manitoba, has played this season for Florida’s minor league team in Springfield, Massachusetts.