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NHL Centennial Fan Arena makes stop in Florida

Panthers fans take part in interactive digital displays, see Stanley Cup during three-day event

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The NHL's Centennial Fan Arena made its way to the Sunshine State this weekend, where Florida Panthers fans were able to participate in an interactive experience to help honor the League's first 100 years.

The festivities began Thursday at BB&T Center with a watch party for the Panthers game at the Philadelphia Flyers.

They concluded with a seven-hour celebration at the Fan Arena on Saturday, where the Stanley Cup was on display. Panthers season-ticket holders had priority access for the first three hours.

Denis Potvin, the Panthers television analyst and former New York Islanders captain, was on hand, along with Panthers alumni, including Randy Moller and Bill Lindsay.

"Wonderful participation by Panthers fans at a memorable NHL event," Potvin told NHL.com. "I got to touch the Cup again."

Potvin led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83.

The main attraction over the three days was a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia and unique photo moments. A second trailer hosted a giant video screen featuring Panthers trivia and highlights. A pop-up ball hockey rink gave kids a chance to participate in programmed games and clinics.

A virtual reality experience allowed fans from across North America to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans sat in a mini-Zamboni, feeling cool air on their skin while their seat rumbled as they tried to create the perfect sheet of ice.

The NHL's Centennial celebration officially began on Jan. 1 with the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game, when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime in front of 40,148 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Throughout the year, the Centennial celebration will include a variety of important content initiatives, ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events.

The next stop for the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will be at the Pepsi Center in Colorado on March 10-11.

Fans are encouraged to visit NHL.com/100, the central hub of all NHL Centennial news, content, videos, images, and NHL Centennial Fan Arena and NHL Centennial events.

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