A timeline of the Islanders second day in Sunrise, Florida including a tour of the BB&T Center.
10:00 a.m. –
Islanders board the bus bound for BB&T Center for morning skate. A group of Islanders soak up the warm weather before morning skate. 10:30 a.m.
– Florida Panthers take morning skate at BB&T Center. Familiar Faces:
Former Islander Brad Boyes chated with Islanders players and coaches before the Panthers morning skate. Boyes has 12 goals and nine assists for the Panthers this season. Last season skating on the Isles’ top line he tallied 10 goals and 25 assists. Former Islander Brad Boyes takes the ice at Panthers morning skate. 11:15 a.m. –
Panthers open locker room for media availability. Islanders media catches up with Boyes, as well as former Islander Sean Bergenheim. The Islanders selected Bergenheim 22nd overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The NHL and the Panthers announced today that BB&T Center will host the 2015 NHL Draft.Butch Goring talks to former-Islander Sean Bergenheim. 11:30 a.m –
Islanders take the ice for morning skate. Click here for in-depth morning skate updates. A panoramic view of the BB&T Center. 12:00 p.m. –
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano addresses the media. He annouces Travis Hamonic will miss tonight's game with an upper-body injury and that Matt Carkner will draw into the lineup. Capuano also says Poulin in goal while the Islanders will ice the same lineup at forward. 12:15 p.m. –
Islanders locker room opens for media availability.Cal Clutterbuck talks to Butch Goring. Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas look on. 12:40 p.m. –
First Islanders bus heads back to the hotel. 4:15 p.m. –
First Islanders bus heads to BB&T Center. 5:00 p.m. –
Second Islanders bus heads to BB&T Center
A quick walk around the BB&T concourse leads fans to the Den of Honor, an area dedicated to the history of the Florida Panthers. Fans will see authentic player jerseys, sticks, equipment and memorabilia, as well as newspaper clippings from the Panthers expansion season, 1996 Stanley Cup Final appearance and of course, the rat.
Islanders fans in the area may be interested in the Bill Torrey section of the Den of Honor, as the Panthers pay homage to "The Architect." Torrey was the Islanders general manager from 1972-1992, building the Islanders dynasty teams. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. After his tenure on Long Island, Torrey became the Florida Panthers' first president in 1993. He served the role until his retirement in 2001.A plaque dedicated to Bill Torrey, much like the one the Islanders dedicated to him at Nassau Coliseum. A custom Bill Torrey jersey on display in the Panthers Den of Honor.
And up in the press box, two other Islanders Hall of Famers have their names on the wall, commemorating their service to the Panthers. Islanders captain and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Denis Potvin, the Panthers' color analyst from 1993/94 to 2008/09.Islanders Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald, the Panthers radio play-by-play voice from 1999/2000 to 2003/04.