MIAMI — On a night off, Florida Panthers star Aleksander Barkov got hit.
No penalty was called.
No foul was called .
Barkov’d courtside seats to watch the Miami Heat on Sunday night against the Jazz — and also got a nearer view of Dwyane Wade than he expected. Wade was trying to steal a pass when he wound up diving roughly four rows to the stands together with 3:04 remaining, and then he wound up cutting Barkov on his way to the audience.
The Panthers’ captain was not hurt and did not mind.
“D-Wade flying you is really fine,” Barkov explained.
He did not recognize that he hit anyone on his way to the audience, and it was not pointed out to him who was in that prime chair until Monday.
Barkov said at by Wade was”a major honour.”
“Maybe I’ll have the team send an icepack,” Wade said. “I know him, I am a fan of his and we’ve met , but I did not know I hit him.”
It’s not the first time Wade has dived into the stands after a chunk. He’s done it several times over the years, and his jump on Sunday was a product of not being able to stop as quickly as he could, he explained. Barkov saw him got his hands up to cover his face just in time.
“I tried my best to clean folks,” Wade said. “That’s the worst to have someone flying , some (size) 14+s and everything slinging at your face. But he took it. I am sure he’s been hit worse.”
Barkov said he’d like to see Wade at a Panthers game this season. The Panthers play about a 45-minute drive north of the stadium where the Heat playwith.
Barkov predicted Wade would find a standing ovation from Panthers’ fans and said he would not let boards prevent him from trying to watch Wade throughout that game.
“I’ll try my very best to fly over him,” Barkov explained.