“Home Team” Review

Over the past month NHL.com released a four part documentary about the final couple weeks of the Florida Panthers regular season. The documentary features a look inside the locker room and getting to know the guys. Another major thing featured in this is the Panthers relationship with MSD. If you’ve been living under a rock since before Valentine’s Day, basically what happened is that on Valentine’s Day, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 innocent people including 14 students and 3 staff. Recently, a lot of the survivors have become activists for gun control. I’m not going to get into politics here but that is the gist. The Panthers were devastated by this horrible tragedy and have done a lot for MSD and their hockey team. During the shooting, the Panthers were in Vancouver in the middle of a long road trip. 8 days later before the Panthers first home game since the shooting, the team held an emotional ceremony capped off by Roberto Luongo’s captivating speech which earned him a Masterton Nomination. I’m not going to go any further into it.

The documentary was great. We really got to know the guys. Like I didn’t know Vincent Trocheck had tattoos. We got to see a lot of the rugby spikes and the passion in the locker room. Ultimately Part 4 ended in heartbreak as the Panthers watched the Flyers steamroll the Rangers 5-0 and end their playoff hopes. I really enjoyed it. The guys seem really close. I could keep on gushing about it. The emotion the guys had with everything going on in the community and an intense playoff push was really great. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you watch it.