Florida Panthers play for Parkland hours after massacre at high school

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Derek MacKenzie (Getty Pictures)

They NHL’s Panthers have been enjoying hundreds of miles away abroad Wednesday, however a lot of their focus was on house. On Parkland.

The membership’s touring social gathering watched all-day protection of the capturing massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., about 10 minutes away from the staff’s Broward County apply facility. When the gamers received to Rogers Area in Vancouver, a number of of them recorded messages of help.

“We talked (pregame) about getting two factors and dedicating this win to everyone again house,” workforce captain Derek MacKenzie advised reporters (per Fox Sports activities Florida).

After observing a prolonged second of silence, the Panthers scored 4 objectives within the first interval and held on for a four-three win.

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“Clearly it actually hits residence with us,” foward Nick Bjugstad advised Fox Sports activities Florida. “Loads of guys reside a pair minutes from that high school. Loads of them have youngsters in that system. It is robust to listen to.”

“We talked about we will play for the individuals in Dawn and Parkland for tonight,” Bjugstad added. 

Bjugstad had a aim and help for Florida, which is in the midst of a street journey by means of Canada. Its subsequent residence recreation will not be till Feb. 22.

“It is a unhappy day. I want I used to be there proper now to speak to my household and neighbors and everybody that is clearly been affected by this, however we will not be there so the subsequent neatest thing is to return up with a win,” MacKenzie informed reporters.

The Panthers joined South Florida’s different professional sports groups in providing help to the victims and the bigger group:

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Dolphins

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a Douglas graduate, additionally responded.

Seventeen individuals have been killed and sixteen others have been wounded within the assault, sunsentinel.com reported. Police arrested Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former Douglas scholar, in reference to the shootings. He was in possession of an AR-15 rifle when he was taken in. Jim Lewis, an lawyer representing a household that took Cruz into its residence after Cruz’s adoptive mom died in November, stated the teenager bought the weapon legally.

Sunsentinel.com reported Cruz was expelled from the high school, nevertheless it didn’t say when.