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Panthers help Navy lieutenant surprise stunned family during game

Victorio Fazzino was reunited with wife Melony, daughter Alexandra

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sailor surprises wife, daughter

BOS@FLA: Lt. Fazzino returns to surprise his family

U.S. Navy Lt. Victorio Fazzino arrives at BB&T Center after his second deployment in Afghanistan and surprises his wife and daughter in the 1st

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The Florida Panthers helped one active serviceman make these holidays extra special for his family.

Lt. Victorio Fazzino returned from deployment in Afghanistan to surprise his wife Melony and 11-year-old daughter Alexandra during the first period of Florida's game against the Boston Bruins.

 The Fazzinos are Panthers half-season ticket holders who won the seat upgrade at the game Saturday. Melony and Alexandra moved to their seats by the glass, but when they were recognized as the contest winners, Victorio sped down the aisle, and they raced up the stairs to share in a big hug as the crowd cheered.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Tonight, the Fazzino family had a surprise they won't soon forget. pic.twitter.com/paFjJekrYJ

Fazzino had been serving his second tour in Afghanistan for the past nine months and hopes to retire in the next 18 months. He also is a sergeant in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

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