Swearing in ceremony held for military members at Panthers game
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers traditional red and gold color scheme has consistently had a hint of Army green ever since the arrival of owner Vincent Viola, who left the Army Reserve as a major in 1993.
The team kicked off their 2014-15 season with a trip to Viola's alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and donned special camouflage jerseys during warmups before a Veteran's Day matchup with the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 11.
After each victory, Florida's team-appointed MVP is given a West Point cadet's jacket, and at every home game one military hero is honored.
On Tuesday night, that tradition continued as roughly 20 military members held their swearing in ceremony during the first intermission of Florida's 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.