Aleksander Barkov (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers have been broadcasting games in Spanish this season and it’s provided us with plenty of great goal calls, but Arley Londono outdid himself with Thursday’s call of Aleksander Barkov’s first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings.
At several points throughout the season, the Florida Panthers have broadcast their games in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and, without fail, every game has provided an incredible goal call.
Thursday night’s Panthers game was no different. With the hometown Panthers in a scoreless tie with the visiting Los Angeles Kings, Florida blueliner Brian Campbell’s clearing attempt deflected off of Jonathan Huberdeau and bounced over the stick of Kings defenseman Matt Greene. The result of the play was a 2-on-1 break for Panthers Brad Boyes and Aleksander Barkov. Now, to ESPN Deportes’ Arley Londono for the call:
For those scoring at home, Londono held the goal call for ten seconds. The soccer-style goal call, undoubtedly one of the best things about the Spanish hockey broadcasts, then continues for nearly 20 seconds after the puck finds the back of the net.
The goal itself warranted the call, too. Boyes’ backhand saucer pass was right in Barkov’s wheelhouse, and the 19-year-old center got all of it, blasting the puck past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick.
Originally, the Panthers had announced they would only be broadcasting three games – Oct. 30 vs. Arizona, Jan. 15 vs. Colorado and March 21 vs. Boston – on Spanish radio. After this call against the Kings, we’re glad the team added a few more.