SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Greg Rieber announced today that the Panthers have partnered with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., for the 2016-17 season and will visit the capital city of Bridgetown from August 22-25 as part of the team’s youth hockey and community outreach initiatives.
Honoring this new partnership with the island of Barbados, Panthers forward Jared McCann, defenseman Steven Kampfer, television analyst Randy Moller and Stanley C. Panther will all take part in the trip to Bridgetown.
As part of the community effort, the Panthers will visit children at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will host a youth ball hockey clinic in Bridgetown. McCann and Kampfer will serve as instructors for the clinic.
“We are thrilled to announce both our partnership and this opportunity to bring Panthers hockey to Bridgetown for the very first time,” said Rieber. “We look forward to the opportunity to promote Barbados throughout South Florida as a premier vacation destination, while also making a positive impact in their community.”
“It is an honor to host the Florida Panthers on-island and provide the youth of our community with a premier hockey experience,” said Petra Roach, US Director, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
“As we continue to enhance awareness of Barbados as a leisure destination, collaborating with the Florida Panthers provides a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase Barbados’ lively culture and now more than ever ease of travel from the Florida region with the launch of our new daily roundtrip service from JetBlue out of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL).”
The trip to Barbados marks the Panthers fifth consecutive offseason visit to the Caribbean involving community outreach and youth hockey. The Panthers previously have visited the Dominican Republic (2015), Bahamas (2014) and Puerto Rico (2013, 2012).