Getting out “on the ice” and out of themselves; veterans use hockey as therapy

December 8, 2020
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Benefit game with NHL pros scheduled for Dec. 20

By Michael d’Oliveira | editor@newpelican.com

DECEMBER 08, 2020

Pompano Beach – For Nicholas Butterworth, nothing gets his mind off Iraq like getting out on the ice.

“I think about Iraq every single day,” said the Iraq War veteran. “I need some release and mentally it [hockey] refreshes me.”

Butterworth, who served four years in the Army, is the co-founder of Panthers Warriors Hockey. The team was created to help veterans dealing with physical or mental challenges stemming from their service. There are about 40 on the team right now.

“It gets you out of the house, gives us a sense of purpose . . . and being with other veterans that have similar issues going on, just getting on the ice is better than anything the VA provides, that’s for sure,” said Butterworth.  Read More

Panthers Team Up with Florida Warriors to Support Disabled Veterans

January 16, 2020
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by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

January 16, 2020

SUNRISE, Fla. — When Gary Roskin talks about the life of his friend Gabe Accardi, the stories sound like something out of a riveting Tom Clancy novel or the latest action-movie blockbuster.  READ MORE

City of Fort Lauderdale Proclamation

November 19, 2019
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City of Fort Lauderdale issues proclamation making November 19th, 2019 as Florida Panthers Warriors Hockey Day.

2019 Las Vegas Warrior Classic

October 6, 2019
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In our first national tournament, the Panthers Warriors won the 2019 USA Hockey Warrior Classic presented by Terry Fator (Tier 2) in Las Vegas!

See the photo below, where Nick Butterworth gets photobombed by Terry Fator (America’s Got Talent – Season 2 winner and Title Sponsor for the USA Hockey Warrior Classic) after the “Meet and Greet”

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