DUBLIN, Ohio – As if Jack Nicklaus, who was introduced Tuesday in a news conference as “quasi-host” of the Presidents Cup, doesn’t have enough to keep him busy this week, he’ll also be dropping the puck at Friday’s home opener for the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets.
Not that he’s sure what it will entail.
“I've never seen a puck dropped,” Nicklaus said with a laugh. “I've never heard the phrase until about two weeks ago. I don't know how far you drop it from. I don't know what you're supposed to hit and who you're not supposed to hurt. So I'll find out on Friday night.
“They play Calgary on Friday night and that's the opening of the season and they have asked me to come down and do that and I'm delighted to do so. I need to learn something; I need to broaden my horizons.”
Nicklaus admitted that while he had season tickets for the Florida Panthers for five years, he only attended one game.
“They were playing for the Stanley Cup and they were playing against the Avalanche and that's when they were throwing the mice or the rats on the ice. And Wayne Huizenga owned the Panthers at the time and asked me if I wanted to come down with Barbara and we did. We went down, sat right behind the glass. Of course, every time the puck hit the glass, Barbara was jumping back about ten feet; or somebody would check into the glass.
“It was a very interesting experience and enjoyable and we had a great time. I had not been to a hockey game since, so we are going to go to a hockey game Friday night.”