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Florida Panthers honor victims of school shooting


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/ > Joel Auerbach/ AP Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) speak with fans about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, prior to an NHL hockey game versus the Washington Capitals, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Dawn, Fla.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018|6:36 p.m.

SUNRISE, Fla.– The Florida Panthers have actually honored victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a mournful video homage before their video game against the Washington Capitals.

The arena video screen Thursday night showed the names and faces of each of the 17 students who were eliminated on Valentine’s Day in neighboring Parkland. The darkened ice was then brightened with 17 circles of light, with a student’s name inside every one.

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, a Parkland resident, gave an emotional statement about the bravery of those who lost their lives trying to save others and how motivating the trainees have been coping with the disaster.

Players from both groups meant the event, some cleaning tears from their eyes.

It was the very first house video game for the Panthers because the catastrophe. They had actually been on a trip in Canada for the past 11 days.

Florida gamers will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas logos on their helmets and MSD uniform patches for the remainder of the season.

The homage was hosted by Panthers announcer Randy Moller.