Prior to their matchup against the Capitals, the Panthers honored the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Thursday night's game was the Panthers' first game on home ice since the shooting last week. BB&T Center, the home of the Panthers, is located about 20 minutes south of Parkland.
No ads on the boards tonight. pic.twitter.com/XOA5X3cECJ— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) February 22, 2018
Both teams wore the school’s hat during warmups, and the Panthers will wear the school’s logo on their helmets and “MSD” patches on their jerseys for the rest of the season.
Both teams will be wearing these hats during warmups tonight. Panthers will have a pre-game ceremony in remembrance for the nearby Parkland school shooting victims. pic.twitter.com/KZuI2er4I4— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) February 22, 2018
There was a was a moment of silence and ceremony prior to the game, during which the video board showed the pictures and names of all 17 victims.
Following the video Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who lives in Parkland, took the ice to give his own moving tribute.
"It's time for us, as a community, to take action. Enough is enough." Luongo commended the school's teachers and said of the students, "You guys are an inspiration for all of us. You guys are giving us hope for the future."
"When I'm done playing hockey, I want to spend the rest of my life in Parkland," Luongo said. "I love that city."
In addition to the ceremony and uniform tributes, the Panthers hosted a blood drive beginning at today noon and lasting through the second intermission of the game in an effort to replenish local blood banks.