The Big Zamboni! Shaq cuts ice prior to Devils-Panthers game

Usually, an addition to a team's ice crew doesn't make headlines. But when Shaquille O'Neal steps behind the wheel of the Zamboni, now that's newsworthy.

Shaq dropped the puck before the game wearing an Alexei Ponikarovsky jersey. Ponikarovsky is no longer on the Devils.

Andy Marlin / NHLI

Usually, a new member of an NHL team'€™s ice crew doesn'€™t make headlines.

But the New Jersey Devils were all abuzz as they welcomed a special addition to the club's staff prior to Saturday'€™s matchup with the Florida Panthers.

Devils fans, your new Zamboni driver: Shaquille O'Neal.

The four-time NBA champion and Newark native paid a special visit to the Prudential Center, where he pressed his size-23 shoe down on the pedal of one of the team'€™s Zambonis.

Too good to believe? Check it out for yourself:

Shaq was even able to keep his concentration despite one distracting copilot. Man, imagine going cross-country with this guy:

No word on whether or not Shaq will be staying on with the Devils. But if The Big Daddy decides not to hone his ice-cutting skills, at least Devils fans have this monitor message to look forward to:

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