Micah Parsons had an awkward faceoff in a hockey game

Baseball is notorious for having a special guest who throws a ceremonial first pitch that is so bad it goes viral for years. Hockey has its version of that with the puck drop, and former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons had one of the worst puck drop moments of all time.

Parsons was a special guest of the Hershey Bears, an AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, and was asked to drop the puck before the game started. The carpet was all rolled out for the Harrisburg native and the crowd responded with a standing ovation for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Bears even gave Parsons a free custom jersey.

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Parsons, however, seemed like a man on a mission and wasn’t going to waste too much time on the pre-game festivities.

Parsons went all the way to the end of the mat on the ice and, before a player representative from either team could meet him at center ice, Parsons did what he was told. asked to do and dropped the puck.

After looking around a little confused, a player skated over and returned the puck to Parsons so he could properly drop the puck as is customary. It was a bit of an awkward scene, but one that Parsons seemed to embrace.

The Hershey Bears took to their Twitter account and apologized for not really explaining what “dropping the puck” actually entailed to their guest of honor.

Penn State’s football Twitter account responded with its own reaction…

Don’t think this moment went unnoticed by other members of the Penn State football family, either. Saquon Barkley was among those who poked fun at the former Penn State linebacker.

Here’s hoping the next time Parsons is asked to join in the pre-game festivities, he’ll get a detailed rundown of what’s being asked of him.

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Catherine J. Martinez