With displaced players doing their part to fund hurricane relief efforts from afar, the Panthers and Lightning teamed up with the NHL and its union to aid in Florida's recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The NHL and NHLPA on Tuesday announced a joint donation of $2.7 million to be distributed to various unspecified organizations across the state, including the affected NHL communities of Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa Bay. George Richards of the Miami Herald reported the Panthers accounted for $1 million of that donation. It follows the $200,000 the NHL and NHLPA contributed to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Panthers players in particular spent the weekend collecting donations outside Fenway Park, joined by members of the Bruins and other Boston athletes. Vinnie Viola, the Panthers' owner, chartered a flight to evacuate the team, staff and their families to Boston, where players have been training while waiting out the storm.
Panthers, Lightning pitch in on NHL's $2.7M donation to Hurricane Irma relief
Sporting News | Sep 12