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A Long Journey from Miami to Minsk: Ville Peltonen to KHL ... Congrats and Condolences

Villepelts Ville Peltonen's agent told Randy Sexton a few weeks ago that his client was going to play next season in Europe.

Thought was Peltonen was likely going to return to Switzerland, where he played before coming to the Panthers. Perhaps he would play in his native Finland.
Natch. Peltonen has signed to play with Dynamo Minsk, a KHL team based in Belarus.

That's a long way from Sunrise kids.

In three seasons with the Cats, Peltonen scored 34 goals.

Tip of the hat to Litter Box Cats for the Peltonen news via Facebook.

-- On a personal aside, a tip of the old Cowboy hat to long-time Major League umpire Joe West who worked his 4,000th game on Thursday in Milwaukee.

Joewest West, who used to run a little joint by Inverrary Country Club when he was temporarily out of the game, is the 19th umpire to hit the 4,000 game plateau.

West may be best known for his appearance in the climatic baseball scene at Dodger Stadium in the classic movie The Naked Gun with Leslie Nielsen. That and for his love of country music. And love of tossing managers.

Congrats Joe.

-- Also, condolences to the family of Harley-Davidson magnate Bruce Rossmeyer who died in a wreck Thursday morning in Wyoming.

Mr. Rossmeyer owned a ton of Harley dealerships across the country, including the ones in Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise. His local dealerships sponsored the power play at Panthers games the past few seasons and there is a mural of him aboveRossmeyer one of his bikes by the team store in the main concourse at the Sunrise arena.

I never met Mr. Rossmeyer but by all accounts he sounded like a cool guy who had a big heart and gave a lot back to the community.