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Panthers play video mocking deadly snowstorms

Posted at 10:28 AM, Dec 08, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-03 10:20:52-05

When the Florida Panthers played an insensitive video before their game against the Buffalo Sabres, owner Terry Pegula took his complaints a right to the Panthers’ general manager, the Miami Herald reports.

This video, given to 7 Eyewitness news by Suzanne K. Taylor, shows images of the Snowvember storms that left 13 people dead and paralyzed Western New York for days interspersed with video of the Florida Panthers’ mascot playing hockey outdoors and fishing. The video then says “Residents of Buffalo” and shows video of penguins and ends with the message, “Stay cool, Buffalo.”

The Miami Herald reports Florida’s general manager Dale Tallon apologized to Pegula Saturday night. Pegula did not find the video amusing, reportedly saying to Tallon, “People died in that storm. That’s not funny.”

The newspaper says Tallon claimed he had not seen it and did not know what was in it, but added, “But if they’re upset, rightfully so.”