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NHL teams, players donate $2.7 million to Hurricane Irma relief fund

The Panthers, Lightning, and NHLPA have joined forces for hurricane relief efforts.

Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, and NHL Players Association have come together to donate $2.7 million in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The joint donation between the NHL, NHLPA, and their Florida teams will be for hurricane relief across the state, according to a league press release on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma recently impacted the entire state of Florida as it hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm over the weekend. Since, it’s caused massive destruction and has left approximately 6.5 million Florida residents without power.

The hurricane forced the Panthers to shuttle 80 players, staff, and family members to Boston as the storm beared down upon Florida. Hurricane Irma shifted more towards the west coast of Florida over the weekend, placing Tampa Bay more within its path. Amalie Arena, where the Lightning play, has seemingly withstood the storm.

While the NHL has partnered up to make their donation, fans too can assist the hurricane relief efforts. Both the The Lightning Foundation and The Florida Panthers Foundation will be collecting donations, and donations can be made as well at the teams’ upcoming preseason home games, which are still scheduled for next week.

Here’s a guide from on other organizations you can donate to for hurricane relief efforts.