Florida Junior Panthers Hockey Team wins Congressional Cup Championship

Photo credit: Adam Torregrossa

Photo credit: Adam Torregrossa

By: Sharon Aron Baron

The Florida Junior Panthers hockey team won the Congressional Cup in Washington DC last weekend beating five other teams from around the country to win the Championship.

But that isn’t all. The travel hockey team Squirt A division recently won the Irish South Bend Cup in Notre Dame.

The team, consisting of players ages 10 and under was led to their victory by Coach John Griffin and Assistant Coach Randy Rodriguez, along with players: Koen DeVries; JP Torregrossa; Miles Mittentag; Luke Colton; Ryan Folic; Jackson Rodriguez; Jay Cirigliano; Anthony Kraus; Luca Macarie; Michael Rozenblat; Brandon Jones; Brian Pine; Von Seys; Jake Cochran; and Justin Rosenthal.

Michael Weiner dropping the opening puck at the game. Photo by: Lissette Rozenblat

Michael Weiner dropping the opening puck at the game. Photo by: Lissette Rozenblat

Although the team members practice three days a week, keep up the responsibilities of school and travel around the country, they still take the time out to show they care. Recently, they asked Parkland resident Michael Weiner and his father to be honored at a game. In December, Weiner, 11, was riding in a car with his mother when they were hit by a driver in a stolen car.  Tragically, his mother, Christianne Weiner, a fourth grade teacher, lost her life.  Michael dropped the opening puck at the game, and the team provided him with a signed Aaron Ekblad jersey and professional hockey stick. 

Next up for the team?  They head to the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida Championships on March 3 in Estero Florida.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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