Panthers Welcome 3,700 For Special STEM Field Trip

If you were watching Fox Sports, or checking Twitter periodically on December 9, it’s possible you were questioning why half of the BB&T Center bowl was filled with 3,700 ecstatic students, teachers and chaperones.


Answer: The Florida Panthers welcomed accomplished Hockey Scholar students to the arena to enjoy an open practice — for potentially their first time in the BB&T Center! On top of seeing their favorite players prepare for a game, members of the organization spoke to the students about how their specific job relates to science, technology, engineering and math.

With alumni Billy Lindsay leading the charge, this massive group of Panthers fans heard from:

-Head Ice Technician, Graham Caplinger

-Director of Analytics, Brian McDonald

-Head Equipment Manager, Teddy Richards

-Coordinator of Digital Media, Kyle Morrison


The All-Star cast was able to relay their aspirations growing up, how they worked towards their current profession, and of course, how it all relates to STEM. After a few (successful) student trivia questions, students sat back — more like, jumped around and showcased an abundance of excitement — and watched the Panthers prepare for their upcoming contest against the Canucks. Pucks flew into the stands, students cheered, and we even received a tweet that multiple students have asked for hockey equipment from Santa! Future Goals – Hockey Scholar is a great course for aspiring STEM professionals, while also helping grow the game of hockey, especially in a non-traditional market.

Check out the Panthers recap video!