The Florida Panthers will be among those evacuating Broward County ahead of Hurricane Irma while the organization provides support to the responders who will help the community deal with the storm. The Panthers have a charter set to fly 90 players, coaches, family members and other staff from Fort Lauderdale to Boston on Friday morning. The contingent includes 10 rookies who were to participate in a prospects camp and tournament through this weekend and some of the top Panthers including Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad and Roberto Luongo, Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said. There will also be 20 pets on board. “I didn’t realize our players had so many animals. We’re jamming this thing packed,” Caldwell said of the airplane chartered from Swift Air, a company in which Panthers owner Vinnie Viola is a minority owner. Not only was the prospects camp, which was to include top young talent from three other NHL teams, canceled, the storm casts uncertainty on the Panthers’ regular training camp, due to start Sept. 14.
Panthers set charter to evacuate players, staff, family members ahead of Hurricane Irma
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Sep 8