Don’t fret: Coverage of the Florida Panthers is back!

SUNRISE, Fla. — Hello everyone, it is your old pal George.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a hockey writer based in South Florida who has covered the Florida Panthers (for the most part) since 2004.

I was the beat writer for the Miami Herald from 2004-17, left to cover the Blue Jackets for the Columbus Dispatch for a season and came back home to report on all the comings-and-goings of the Panthers once again for the Athletic in 2018.

My latest gig ended on Friday when I was one of 46 who was laid off. I was not expecting that.

Life, however, moves on.

Covered up and practicing social distancing in Sunrise, Florida.

So, too, will my coverage of the Panthers in some way, shape or form.

I still have a lot of stories to tell, news to share and (hopefully) some scoops to dish out and they will come right here on my — and, I hope your — new home of all things Florida Panthers: The Panthers Press Box.

Future plans include a podcast and perhaps some video. Right now, I plan on posting plenty of news surrounding this team as they try and get back on the ice this summer.

The Panthers may just eventually play the Islanders in a best-of-5 series in their quest for the Stanley Cup. You are not going to miss that and neither am I.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you around these parts frequently.

As always, thanks for the support.

— GR

35 replies on “Don’t fret: Coverage of the Florida Panthers is back!”

Hey George! Glad to see you’ll still be writing about the cats! We certainly need the coverage and appreciate all you do. Looking forward to this 🙂


Awesome to see your back in action! Been following your stories for as long as I can remember. My family are,and always will be life long season ticket holders. Have to say my son and I had the privilege meeting you in person one time at John the baker, and you were there with your family as well very nice experience. Now I now your back I’m gonna be reading and watching! All the best Mr. Richards. Go panthers!
D. Weaver. Esq


Keep it up George…your website is going to be great. I know a good photographer for you when you get to that point. Anything you need we are there to help.

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So sorry about what happened with the Athletic. As one who has been reading you and following you from the beginning so happy to see you are sticking around, you are the only consistent, reliable source of information for Panthers fans. Wishing you the very best!


George, I am thrilled you will continue to cover the Panthers, I subscribed to the Athletic the day the hired you and cancelled the day they let you go. I have always enjoyed your knowledge and willingness to ask the tough questions.

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George, so glad we can still count on your fantastic coverage! Looking forward to reading your thoughts if this unusual playoff plays out!


Thank goodness for George the BEST & only 😢 coverage of the Florida Panthers in South Florida

Both newspapers should just sadly close down


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