Calgary Herald Reporter Takes Cheap Shot at Florida Panthers

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2008

The Florida Panthers had a successful road trip, as they tallied an impressive six out of eight possible points in four tough buildings.

The Panthers' last victory came against the Calgary Flames in an epic shootout battle. Many Panthers fans felt quite excited about how great the Panthers were playing, but the majority then received an angering cheap shot from a Calgary Flames reporter.

Vicki Hall, a reporter for the Calgary Herald, hardly mentioned how an injury-depleted Panthers team beat a playoff contending Flames team, and instead took a shot at the Panthers' home attendance with these statements:

"The frigid temperature notwithstanding, the Florida Panthers must have felt right at home Friday night at the Pengrowth Saddle-dome. A punishing winter storm choked traffic on Calgary streets, leaving the Flames' barn half empty for the opening face-off. Much like a regular game night at the Bank-Atlantic Centre in Sunrise, Florida."

Not only do I find these statements utterly rude and condescending, but I also find them to be completely inaccurate.

The Florida Panthers' average home attendance is 15,436, which is definitely not incredible, but does not equal a half empty arena, as Hall so eloquently put.

These statements have angered many die-hard Panthers fans, as these comments were most likely not made from experience, but rather general Canadian opinion. A good reporter and journalist researches before he/she makes comments about a topic, and clearly Hall did not do these things.

Despite all the criticism and injuries the Panthers have gone through, they now find themselves in the thick of a playoff race. They will focus on their next opponents, the Carolina Hurricanes.

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