The Boston Bruins’ charter flight to Fort Lauderdale was diverted Friday afternoon following the shootings at the city’s airport.
The team issued a statement saying it landed at nearby Miami International Airport at 5:05 p.m. The Bruins are scheduled to play the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
The thoughts and prayers of the Bruins organization are with the victims of today’s shooting and the entire Fort Lauderdale community, the statement concluded.
This was an extremely difficult decision and was made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past, said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of Kings parent company AEG. But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority.
Sutter, who was hired in December 2011, leaves with a 225-147-53 record in the regular season — the best by a coach in the franchise’s history — and a 42-27 record in the playoffs, another team high.
Lombardi, who also was president, had been the longest-serving general manager in Kings history, having been in Los Angeles since 2006.
Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise, Beckerman said. They built this team and helped lead us to two Stanley Cup Championships and will forever be remembered as all-time greats in Kings history.