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Meet Peter DeBoer

Forsale3_3 Our story on Peter DeBoer ran in today's Miami Herald. I spent last weekend in Canada, visiting Peter's childhood home of Dunnville, Ontario (which is also the home of one Nathan Horton) before moving on to Peter's current home near Kitchener, Ontario.

Check out the story right here: Even in Summer, Tim Horton's Still Rocks

Good times on this trip, for sure. Met a lot of cool people both in Dunnville -- DeBoer's childhood buddies are a complete trip -- and in Kitchener. Learned quite a bit about the 10th coach in Panthers history, and I got to say, didn't learn much bad.

Peter comes across as a very accommodating, very down to earth guy. He has a great family with three great kids and a cool wife who told me she wants to be active in her new community. I think the DeBoer family is going to be an asset to South Florida no matter what happens on the ice.

That said, I like what I've heard about Peter's hockey acumen. He's working hard to figure out what he has in each of the players on the Panthers roster, and try and get the best out of them. There are plenty of question marks on this Florida team, including whom Peter is going to name captain, and he's been thinking about every angle. This guy has something to prove, too, as I get the thought he's ready to put down roots somewhere in Broward County (he's going to rent Gary Roberts' old place for a while).

-- PS: I took that picture posted above. I thought it was pretty good. Here are some more pics I took (which I thought would have run online, but, well, whatever....) Anywho, to see the pic a little better, feel free to click on the shot and it'll enlarge.

Campbelljersey This is a picture of Gregory Campbell's jersey from the 2003 CHL All-Star Game that hangs in the Kitchener Rangers' offices.

Deboerandsons Here's Peter and his two sons Matthew and Jack. He also has a daughter Abby who wasn't around for this shoot because she was playing in a baseball tournament. Word is she has a good bat and a slick glove.


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Awesome stuff GR!

Welcome, Pete!

Great insight about the new skipper...Hope he can put a spark under Horton. If he can't, then there's probably not much hope that anyone else can.
I think everyone has to be pulling for this guy. He's the underdog, sleeper pick that is finally being given his chance. Also, any sort uptempo style will be refreshing...I support JM overall, but given the current status of THIS team, I believe you can't be afraid to try different things once in a while. JM knows the game very well, but his conservative style can be coma-inducing at times...
This team may still be a year or two away from postseason play, but if you know and love the game, you can still appreciate a great sport that is played with hard-work, aggressiveness, and passion that eventually leads you in the right direction.
Edmonton is one of those teams that may not make the playoffs every year, but still plays some pretty exciting hockey. It's a tough place to attract free agents to play there, but their uptempo style makes for exciting hockey. Once the Panthers get this mis-management turned around, there shouldn't be much of a problem attracting free agents to the South Fl area...
Team-toughness and a posititive work ethic are very underrated...Here are top-6 fwds are pretty much given their spots, as there aren't enough upcoming talented new guys to challenge them. Booth is probably our only pick that has exceeded expectations as far as draft picks. It's nice to see someone start as a 4th liner and work is way up to the top lines through hard work and dedication. Weiss and Horton were pretty much handed their spots due to lack of talent in the organiztion. As far as team-toughness goes, how long did Monty have to go to try to protect his teammates?? It was very unfair to him as that is not his role. Finally they bring in Belak as that was long overdue, but you also need other guys that aren't afraid to muck and gring in the corners....Hopefully, more emphasis is put on these intangibles...Hockey is still the best sport even if you aren't winning every night, so I say a fresh start with a fresh coach is a positive...Let's hope he has some influence on this team's work ethic, and the uptempo style should follow and bring some energy to an organization that desperately needs it....

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