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CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – Former Florida Panthers winger Peter Worrell has gone from enforcer to gentle giant, teaching kids as young as four years old how to play the game of hockey.

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“That was my job and that was what I was asked to do,” says Worrell when CBS 4 asked why he was such a brawler on the ice.

But now the 6-foot-7 coach has dropped that imposing persona. He not only participates in the Panthers’ “Try Hockey for Free” clinics, but he also coaches club hockey at Florida Atlantic University.

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“When you see that kid put the puck in (the net) for the first time and they get that big P.K. Subban-type celebration going… it’s fun to watch,” he said with a smile.

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Worrell was with the Panthers organization from 1997 to 2003 and after his playing days ended, he decided to take up a permanent residence in the region.

“I believe in this area, I believe in these kids, and I like wearing flip-flops.”

The “Try Hockey for Free” program spans 4 counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Lee, and Palm Beach. It allows kids ages four to ten to get expert coaching from Panthers alumni and staff.

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