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Four months after trespassing arrest, Panthers re-sign Timmins

Jul 24, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers and forward Scott Timmins — who made headlines earlier this year when he was arrested for criminal trespassing — have agreed to a one-year deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

Timmins, 23, was at the center of a highly-publicized incident in March while playing for Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

In case you don’t remember the specifics — Timmins allegedly breaking into someone’s house after a night of drinking — here ya go:

A San Antonio police report says Scott Timmins told them he went to the Hangar on Broadway. But it’s where he ended his night that landed him in the slammer. Police say he broke into a stranger’s home and refused to leave.

Instead of a penalty box, a Rampage player’s misconduct landed him in jail.

Timmins is accused of breaking into Benjamin Garza’s home on Ridgecrest. Garza wasn’t home at the time, but his wife and three kids woke up to the stranger on their couch.

The police report states that when Garza’s wife found Timmins sitting on her couch,  she asked him who he was, to which he responded, “Don’t worry about that.”

“He was yelling, ‘What are you doing in my house,'” said Garza. “My wife said, ‘You need to get the hell out of here,'” added Garza. She was able to escape through a back door with her kids.

She called 911 and her husband. When Garza finally faced the man who scared the daylights out of his children, he told him “you’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you.”

The police report went on to say Timmins was so heavily intoxicated he couldn’t hold his balance, and didn’t remember how he had entered the house.

Timmins has appeared in 24 career contests for the Panthers, five of which came during the 2013 season in which he went scoreless, with four PIM and a minus-2 rating.

A member of the OHL Windsor squad that won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010, Timmins was Florida’s sixth-round pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Clever on how he said he was sent to jail instead of the penalty box 😂

  2. 950003cups - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    The story is hysterical. He’s lucky he didn’t get shot. Women can shoot too.

  3. dutchman1350 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    A buddy of mine did the same thing once. Passed-out on some random couch in a strange apartment. He said they stole his watch. I asked if he was upset about the watch…”not really, as its probably fair, since I pissed on their couch”

  4. blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM


    “I heard yesterday that the Panthers are now offering season ticket packages which equate to $7.00 per game (source @ TEAM 1040 radio) … truly unbelievable and quite pathetic that such ‘idiotic’ financial stewardship is still even being allowed, given all of the ‘fake lockout’ BS last fall” …

    The bottom line friends, is that both this Timmins and the entire notion of hockey in Florida is a complete and utter ‘disgrace’ to the game we love … not to mention the fact that it’s also a kick in the teeth to ‘all’ those who we grew up adoring and loving ! (ie: Orr, Howe, Beliveau, Gretzky, Lafleur, Vachon, Kurtenbach, etc). Both the Panther and Lightning organizations should be ‘shut down’ immediately, followed by their ‘immediate’ relocation to a ‘fine’ western city such as Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Las Vegas … heck, even Missoula would make more sense ! I just hope that Gary & crew can also see this … and God willing they can !

    • jernster21 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      You’re a complete ‘idiot’; if only for your single quoted words for emphasis or your single spaced punctuation. Do everyone a favor and bring out Joey, your fan boy alter-ego to defend yourself and get banned again, this time, for good.

  5. thailer35 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Blomfeld go crawl back under your rock that you call home and quit trolling on articles that have nothing to do with relocation.

    • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Dearest Jernster & Thailer …

      once and for all, kindly take your ‘pathetically’ simplistic, right wing, hateful and ‘corn fed’ stupidity elsewhere … this is now the ‘new’ PHT, a ‘glorious’ free public forum which is home to people of quality and substance … not anger-filled vermin like you …

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        Take your left wing socialist bullshiite somewhere hockey not politics f ing tree hugger granola crunching commie sympathizer… 😀

  6. jhuck92 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Some basketball players bring a gun into the locker room (Gilbert Arenas).

    Some football players are murderers (OJ, Aaron Hernandez).

    The worst grievance I’ve heard about a hockey player is drunkenly trespassing into someone’s house.

    That’s a big deiiference.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

      jhuck, It would seem then that you are unfamiliar with the tragic deeds of Rob Ramage, Craig MacTavish and Dany Heatley, all of whom were responsible for the needless deaths of other people.

      • jhuck92 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Tragic, yes, but they were all by accident. Murder and bringing a gun into a locker room is premeditated.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        jhuck. Accidents? Ramage and MacTavish both ended up in jail because of the conscious choices they made to drink and then drive. No, they did not intend to kill anyone, but they did choose to engage in behavior we all know puts innocent people in serious danger.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    “No Trespassing, that’s what it said, at least that’s what I could read.
    No trespassing, yea. My ass! Wait’ll ya get a load of me. “

  8. texasnicoli2 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Would be nice if somebody did some follow up on the story to find out that the charges have been dropped and the husband came home by surprise to find him there. The wife had been seen by many witnesses at the bar with Timmins and took him home with her. Yeah that’s right… Bring up a 4 month old story with no follow up. Sad. The wife was just trying to cover her ass and made up the whole story about the break in.

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