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Another One! FHN Celebrates Our Fourth Birthday




Four years ago, Florida Hockey Now kicked off with a promise to cover the Florida Panthers the way they deserved to be covered.

Who knew then what that would lead to?

Since FHN began with a simple missive — “to cover this Florida Panthers team with everything I’ve got just as I have since the Miami Herald originally put me on the beat at the start of the 2004-05 season which never was” — we have published almost 3,700 articles in four years.

That is about 2 1/2 stories about the Florida Panthers each day.

Every day.

Yes, every single day.

You are not going to get coverage like that on your favorite team anywhere else.

As we have grown at Florida Hockey Now, so, too, have your Florida Panthers.

When this site began, we were in the middle of a pandemic.

The Panthers came back for the Toronto bubble a few weeks after this site began, lost in four games to the New York Islanders, let Dale Tallon go, hired Bill Zito, and so much more.

Over the past three full seasons, we have covered playoff losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning, some big trades, a couple deep postseason runs — and, two weeks ago today, the crowning of a Stanley Cup champion.

It has been one heck of a run.

And it continues.

BACK TO DAY 1: Welcome to Florida Hockey Now

Florida Hockey Now remains committed to giving you the best coverage of the Florida Panthers you will find anywhere.

The Panthers are back on the ice this afternoon for a four-day development camp at the new Fort Lauderdale IcePlex and, as always, FHN will be there.

There are a lot of stories to tell.

Unlike past years, this is going to be a very short offseason.

We can dig it.

If you would like to join us here and purchase a subscription which gives you access to exclusive content as well as an ad-free reading experience once signed in, you can CLICK HERE to sign up.

Use the code GEORGE10 at checkout to get an annual pass for $29.99 — the same price we charged on Day 1.

Although most of our content is free, subscribers get access to special features and access — including our popular FHN Mailbag.

Our Mailbag on Sunday was our biggest yet!

Subscribers also get a completely clean, ad-free reading experience when signed in.

For those of you who have been with us since the beginning, or joined on as we have gone along, thank you so very much.

Stay tuned.

Plenty more to come.

Happy Birthday to all of us!

George Richards has been the publisher of Florida Hockey Now since 2020. He has covered the Florida Panthers from 2004-17 for the Miami Herald, and again from 2018-20 for The Athletic. 

At the Fort Lauderdale IcePlex
  • When: Today-Thursday
  • Schedule — Today: 2:45/4 p.m.; Tuesday: 9:30/10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: 9:30/10:45 a.m.; Thursday: Scrimmage 4 p.m.

More FHN Coverage of the Stanley Cup Champion Panthers:
  • NHL Free Agency: Opened July 1
  • Florida Panthers Development Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Today-Thursday
  • Florida Panthers Training Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Mid-September
  • Florida Panthers Preseason: Sept. 22-Oct. 5
  • Florida Panthers Opening Night/Banner Unveiling: Oct. 8 vs. Bruins


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When considering how you’ve richly contributed to this (formerly hopeless) inveterate Panther Fan’s well-being, “ prolific” and “faithful “ spring to mind. You’re surpassing in both and a blessing to us all. Thank you.


Congrats George!
I enjoy your work. Let’s talk soon

Jon Baldwin

Congratulations George! Very happy for you!

Ed Purchase

George, I joined The Athletic largely to get your work. I left them when they purged you. Was one of the first (I think) to subscribe to this site and I have enjoyed every moment. Your coverage is clear, concise, and insightful. As long as you’re on the Cats beat you’ll have my eyeballs on your words. Much love, brother!

Last edited 15 days ago by Ed Purchase

Congrats…I’m so happy you started site!

Bryan Geary

Happy birthday to fhn! George, really appreciate the coverage. You do a great job with the panthers and the content and the subscription is 100% worth it!


Congrats George!


Congrats George. Hands down the best Panthers coverage in the business. Always look forward to the next one. Here’s to ten more!

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