The Florida Panthers announced today that Florida Panthers Alumni Association has awarded new youth hockey scholarships for the Fall youth hockey travel season, supporting four local travel hockey players. The Panthers Alumni Association has donated over $300,000 to youth hockey players and programs who could not afford the ice time and equipment required to otherwise play the game.
The awardees come from travel programs around the South Florida area and were granted based on academic merit, financial need and community involvement rather than their skills or talent on the ice.
“The Alumni Association believes it is important to support youth hockey in South Florida and create the next generation of community leaders whose first lessons in leadership will come at the hockey rink,” said Alumni Association President Randy Moller. “We hope that these scholarships will help in growing the players’ love for the game both on and off the ice.”
The Panthers Alumni Association grants scholarships twice a year, in August and December. For the August grant period, scholarships were awarded to players with the Florida JR. Panthers, the Golden Wolves and the Palm Beach Blackhawks.
Another initiative the Florida Panthers Alumni Association will be participating in this Fall is the Coral Springs Community Chest Pucks for Bucks charity hockey game. Panthers alumni will join the Coral Springs first responders in the game at Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, on Sept. 26, at 5:00 p.m. Florida Panthers alumni Radek Dvorak, Ed Jovanovski, Bill Lindsay, Serge Payer, Marco Sturm, Tomas Vokoun and more will round both the Police and Fire Department rosters.
VIP tickets, which include a private buffet dinner sponsored by Doris Italian Market & Bakery and wine courtesy of EPICA by Vino San Pedro, are $50 for person and are only available for purchase at the Florida Panthers IceDen. General admission tickets to the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under the age of five receive free admission. Tickets are available at PanthersIceDen.com and at Florida Panthers IceDen, while tickets can also be purchased via cash payment at City Hall in the Mall, Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and BankUnited in Coral Springs. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Coral Springs Community Chest.