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Florida Panthers First Equality Night Partners With You Can Play Project

Portion of Ticket Proceeds Benefitted the Pride Center as the Panthers hosted their first-ever equality night.

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 4:52 PM ET / News
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Florida Panthers First Equality Night Partners With You Can Play Project
Saturday night was the Florida Panther\u2019s first ever Equality Night. The Cats became the first team in the league to partner with the You Can Play Project in putting together this type of night. The project aims to battle homophobia both inside and outside of the locker room.

Saturday night was the Florida Panther’s first ever Equality Night. The Cats became the first team in the league to partner with the You Can Play Project in putting together this type of night. The project aims to battle homophobia both inside and outside of the locker room.

The event aimed to promote equality in sports with proceeds of Equality Night ticket packages benefiting The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, FL. Co-founder of the You Can Play project, Glenn Witman spoke before the game in the Sawgrass room at the BB&T Center and also dropped the ceremonial puck before the Florida Panthers faced off against the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 shootout victory.

Spearheaded from within the organization by Group Sales Account Executive Brandon Loker, Equality Night received attention from across social networks, sports media and local media.

“There were people at the event who would never have come to the game without the Equality Night,” said Loker.

During the game, a promotional spot featuring the Florida Panthers’ Brian Campbell and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos was highlighted on the new scoreboard.

When asked why he got involved with the project, Campbell described it as a no-brainer.

“It doesn’t matter your beliefs or what you are…if you are good enough to play, you can play,” said Campbell.

One fan tweeted that it might be the first, but it won't be the last.

Occurring on the Saturday following the NHL, MLB, NFL and other North American Sports teams celebration of Spirit Day on Thursday, Oct. 17, the anti bullying message and equality was carried throughout the week.

“It’s all just a mindset, and breaking down those stereotypes is essential,” said Loker.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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