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.
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.