Panther Players Injured Overseas

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Author: Michael Miller

The NHL lockout is never a fun topic to talk about. As all of us fans continue to pray that the two sides stop being so stubborn and come to an agreement, players throughout the league are continuously signing with teams overseas. For the Florida Panthers, we have seen many of our players go across the ocean. Whether it was our great young defender, Dmitry Kulikov, or one of our veterans such as Tomas Kopecky, multiple players from the Florida Panthers have decided to go to Europe to get some playing time in untill the lockout is settled.

When a player chooses to go play overseas, they know there is a huge risk involved. The style of hockey that is played in the Eastern side of the world is much different from what they’re used to here in the states. Even with the chance of injury being there, the players still go overseas nonetheless. In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons for the move overseas is you cannot go a whole year without contact and then just play at the same level once hockey starts up again. Unfortunately with contact, there are always injuries. I never enjoy watching players get injured in any sport, no matter who the player is, or what team that player plays for. For example, it is safe to say that I am not a fan of Sidney Crosby, however, when he went down with his concussion, I knew that hit could completely change his career. In two seasons since, Crosby was only able to play a total of 63 games. Injuries are a very serious thing, and as a fan, it hurts a lot more when it’s a player from your favorite team. [Read more...]

Help Support My Movember Efforts

The month of November is here and for me it’s loaded with birthdays for relatives, friends and myself.  It also means that Movember is underway.  What is Movember?  The movement which is designed to raise awareness for prostate cancer began in Melbourne, Australia and has become globally supported with over 1.9 million inspired participants since it’s inception in 2003.

In order to show support for Movember, participants start out clean shaven, and then grow mustaches (only) for the entire month.   I will be accepting donations throughout the month of Movember directly at my personal Movember page located right here.   Last year more than over 850,000 participants worldwide raised over $125 million dollars (Canadian).

While we know that times are tough, maybe you can reach into your cookie jar where you keep your loose change, or check under the seat of your car, or that space in your console where you keep your toll money.  Any donation that you can make will help fight the cause.

Can’t decide what or how to grow yours?  Here’s a handy style guide that you can use as a reference.  Make this fun and post pictures of your progress on our FaceBook Fan page.

We’ll keep a tab at the top of the site so you can check daily on our progress, and while you’re thinking about it, see if you have a couple quarters laying around that you can send in for the cause.  No donation is too small.  It’s Movember.

Thank you.

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