Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals Pay Tribute to Stoneman Douglas Victims

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On Valentines Day, students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were having a normal, usual Wednesday afternoon. Then a gunman entered school property and murdered 17 teachers and students. This all happened 13 miles from BB&T Arena, the home arena of the Florida Panthers, and four miles away from their practice facility. Thursday night’s Panthers home game against the Washington Capitals was the first game since the shooting occurred. 

Prior to the game, both teams took the ice for warmups sporting Stoneman Douglas hats.

When warmups concluded the videobard played a tribute slideshow with pictures of the victims as well as those in the community who were grieving.

When the video was finished there was moment of silence as several spotlights on were shining on the ice. Each spotlight represented a victim that was lost in the shooting. In addition Randy Moller, a former Panthers player and current broadcaster at Fox Sports Florida and Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo addressed the crowd. Luongo lives in Parkland with his family. On that Wednesday afternoon, his son’s class was on lockdown in a closet for three hours.

A tearful Luongo had some powerful words saying, “It’s time for us as a community to take action. It’s enough. Enough is enough. We have to take actions. To the teachers at the school, you guys are heroes protecting the children. Some of them didn’t make it trying to protect children.”

When it was all said and done, both the Panthers and the Capitals had to play a hockey game. As tough as it was watching that and seeing the emotion from both the players and fans, it is touching seeing how the community has come together. Luongo is right. All the evil in this world needs to stop. Enough is enough.

By Michael Marzzacco

 

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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2 Responses to Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals Pay Tribute to Stoneman Douglas Victims

  1. Sharon Cooper says:

    That was a beautiful tribute to the community and the victims. Thank you, Panthers, and love from Woodbridge, VA. Praying for peace and healing.

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