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

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

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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: