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Panthers dedicate press box to Roger Neilson

Nov 19, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers have dipped into their past to honor a franchise legend.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the club will officially unveil the Roger Neilson Memorial Press Box at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Neilson was the first-ever head coach in Panthers history and, in the club’s inaugural season, led the team to 33 wins and 83 points, finishing fourth in Jack Adams voting for NHL coach of the year.

“We are humbled and honored to dedicate the BB&T Center press box in Roger Neilson’s name,” Panthers president and CEO Michael Yormark said in a statement. “He is a hockey legend, Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee and our organization’s first head coach.”

Florida partnered with Roger’s House in making this announcement. Roger’s House is an eight-bed palliative care facility at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, created in part by the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    cool, but what the hell does Henry Winkler’s brother have to do with this?

    • blackheart78 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      I’m guessing you never lost a loved one to cancer. I hope you never do. Stay classy ibieniid.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        1. come on, dude’s been dead 10 years. you’re touchy over it still?
        2. that’s not even an insult. I can’t say he looks like somebody because he’s dead of cancer?
        3. I have, like most others.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        i would have been fine had you just said it wasn’t funny….. looking back, it isn’t, and the resemblance was easier to spot on the phone app thumbnail.

    • ron05342 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      ibieiniid, you are truly a moron.

      Now go back under the rock you slid from.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        hate to see what you’d call me if I actually said something bad about the man.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      ya, if I could delete that, I would. sorry I offended people, wasn’t my intention. was the wrong timing in the wrong place to make an observation/joke. apologies.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      What an ignorant comment…Apologizing is nice in all but you still cant take back what you said in the spur of the moment.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        if, at any point, you thought I was apologizing to YOU in particular, you’re wrong. I hope YOU were offended and it stands without an apology. nor did I care what you think about the comment.

    • ntvd7 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      He doesn’t look anything like Henry Winkler


  2. laxman1944 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Well done Panther

    Roger was a class act and good coach

    Loved his ties

  3. kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    amen , one of the best characters in the nhls history

  4. johnstone17 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Classy move by the Panthers. Roger was a different type of coach. I remember he used his dog, who if I am correct was a German Sheppard named Mike, to teach his forwards how to forecheck. Pretty cool thing to do.

  5. muckleflugga - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM


    careful dude, you don’t want to offend the simpering twats prowling these boards with the sole intent of imposing their perception of a correct and ordered world on an incorrect and disordered world

    numpty nerds with their panties permanently wedged up their cracks…

    spare us

    • ibieiniid - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      lol when it comes to saying what you want to say, I knew you’d be on my side muckle.

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