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Inside the Panthers: "Growing Youth Hockey" premiere highlights hockey development throughout South Florida

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2015) – You don’t have to go very far in South Florida to see more and more kids are playing hockey. On Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10:00 p.m., “Inside the Panthers: Growing Youth Hockey” will be televised statewide on FOX Sports Florida following the Panthers LIVE postgame show.

On this episode of “Inside the Panthers,” fans will receive an all-access look at how the Panthers are getting kids to embrace hockey. There are six rinks throughout South Florida and from West Palm all the way down to the Kendall Ice Arena, kids are finding time to lace up the skates. We head to several clinics to get introduced to the elementary stages of hockey, then graduate into the team’s “Stanley C. Program,” which is a four week school for kids to learn how to skate, but more importantly, stop. Florida Jr. Panthers Director of Hockey Mike Kennedy tells us what he tries to instill in his players and coaches.

The growth of the game in Florida is evident in hockey at the high school level as more than 50 programs compete for a state championship on a yearly basis. The Florida Scholastic Hockey League, which is based here in South Florida, plays their showcase games on Monday nights at local rinks. The game will continue growing because the level of coaching keeps getting better and better. Former Panther Peter Worrell is the Hockey Director and Head Coach at North Broward Prep where he has seven NHL alumni helping him coach his teams.

Cuban-American Randy Hernandez first caught the hockey bug at the age of six when he went to a birthday party at Kendall Ice Arena. He played for the red, white and blue of the Miami Torros in Kendall, before growing into the stars and stripes of the US National Under 17 team in the USHL. Watch as “Inside the Panthers” sits down with Randy in Michigan to discuss his development and what it means to him to be getting this opportunity. Randy will be on NHL draft boards in 2017 as he continues to make a name for himself nationally.

The number two overall ranked draft prospect in this year’s NHL entry draft grew up playing hockey in the Florida Ice Den. Boca Raton’s Jakob Chychrun has the same NHL DNA as his father, Jeff Chychrun, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers along with his uncle, Luke Richardson. Jakob started in the Stanley C. Program before playing for the Florida Jr. Panthers. Now, he plays for the Sarnia Sting.

Re-Air Schedule:

Fri 12/18/15 8:00 a.m.

Sun 12/20/15 7:00 p.m.

Sat 12/26/15 11:30 a.m.

Sun 12/27/15 5:00 p.m.

Mon 12/28/15 2:30 p.m.

Tue 12/29/15 12:30 p.m.

Wed 12/30/15 8:00 a.m.

Sat 1/2/16 6:00 p.m.

Sat 1/2/16 10:00 p.m.

Mon 1/4/16 2:00 p.m.

Tue 1/5/16 7:30 a.m.

Wed 1/6/16 11:30 a.m.

Thu 1/7/16 1:00 p.m.

Fri 1/8/16 8:00 a.m.

Sun 1/10/16 9:00 p.m.

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