| ||The $10 million expansion of the Panthers training facility at incredibleICE in Coral Springs is nearly complete and it’s state-of-the-art and will rival any in professional sport.
The 50,000-square foot expansion includes a third set of ice, to be christened the Panthers Den, and 16,000-square feet to house dressing rooms, medical staff, a 3,200-square foot gym (with sprint track down the middle), video theater, lounge, coaches offices, sauna, whirlpools and, yes, an electric Zamboni.
“Every detail has been taken care of,” said Panthers coach Peter DeBoer, who has taken several tours of the facility with IncredibleIce’s VP and GM Jeff Campol. “A team spends more time at its practice facility during the season than anywhere else. It will help develop team bonding. It will be a great selling point to free agents, too.”
Campol said he hopes to have a test sheet of ice down July 3 on the Panthers Den and ice permanently down approximately a week later.
There’ll be video posted from IncredibleIce later this week/early next week here at FloridaPanthers.com so you can truly appreciate the work being done.
NHL HANDS OUT THE HARDWARE WITH SNOOP
The NHL hands out its awards Thursday night in Las Vegas. Those expecting to show up outside the NHL include Chaka Khan, Lauren Holly, Colin Ferguson, William Fichtner and Snoop Dogg.
The show will be broadcast doggyfizzle on your televizzle live by Versus at 7:30 p.m.
The awards being handed out include the Hart (down to Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin), the Vezina (Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason and Tim Thomas), the Norris (Zdeno Chara, Mike Green and Niklas Lidstrom), Calder (Mason, Bobby Ryan and Kris Versteeq), and Masterton (Richard Zednik, Chris Chelios and Steve Sullivan).
BALSILLIE’S BID WON’T STOP
Jim Balsillie isn’t going quitely into the night.
Despite an Arizona bankruptcy judge rejecting his bid to buy and relocate the Coyotes, Balsillie’s reps said they’ll try to find an “appropriate” relocation fee through mediation with the league to bring the club to Ontario. The NHL claims there are four parties interested in buying the Coyotes and keeping them in Glendale.
The league is hoping to get those four parties to bid come September. If that doesn’t work out, they”ll open up a second bidding process for relocating the team. Meanwhile, on Balsillie’s web site makeitseven.com, he’s asking supporters participate June 19 in Make It Seven Day. Details to come.