Lightning, Panthers chip in Irma aid

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:16 PM The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers joined the NHL and NHL Players' Association on Tuesday in announcing a joint donation of $2.7 million for hurricane relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

The money is expected to be distributed across the state of Florida to aid in addressing the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the state on Sunday.

"Negative impacts have been felt by millions of people in many different ways across the state, including Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Lakeland, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville," the NHL teams, league and NHLPA said in a joint statement.

Irma smashed into Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with 130-mph winds before eventually weakening to a post-tropical cyclone Tuesday. A federal Homeland Security official on Tuesday estimated that more than two-thirds of the Florida's 21 million residents were without power.

The NHL and the NHLPA combined to donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity for the relief efforts in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

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