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31Days: Coast To Coast With Buttered Toast!

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Welcome to's 31 Days Of Fun. This is the second day of our run (August 13-September 12 taking us right up to the start of training camp). Join us on Facebook or Twitter each day as we will be having our key people, staff, players, prospects - EVERYONE - answering your questions. One prize will be awarded every day! 

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Our second day saw a Q&A with Panthers radio play-by-play man Randy Moller. Remember, you can send your questions to anyone in the organization via twitter, facebook or through email.

Former NHL veteran and the radio voice of the Panthers, Randy Moller answers your questions. Randy commented he enjoyed your questions immensely.

Question: What was your favorite jersey from all the teams you played for?

Moller: Great, great question. I'd have to say the Panthers 'Red' jersey and the Rangers 'Blue' one.

Question: Did you get paid for your appearance on the cover of EA SPORTS NHLPA Hockey '93?

Moller: Y'know I get asked that a lot lately. I didn't know I was on it. I had no idea. The game came out and I thought they are using my picture - I could get some money for this! But we signed away our rights with the NHLPA. They did however, give me a game and I think its still new in the package!  How they picked that - I have no frickin' idea. I never did get an answer on how or why.

(Randy laughs.) Maybe they wanted someone no one could recognize!

Question: Are you afraid you'll ever run out of references for your calls?

Moller: I have got over 3,000 in a database from last year alone. I've also seen quite a few movies this summer including the Hangover. New songs, new lines - there's a lot of great material!
Question - Which sportscasters inspired you?

Moller: Great question! All kinds of broadcasters even before I was playing - Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Bob Cole - the whole Hockey Night in Canada team. And then when I was playing in the NHL, Joe Bowen, Mike Lange - the veteran guys - Chuck Caden, Rod Phillips in Edmonton, Peter Marr in Calgary, 'Jiggs' McDonald.  Guys that have been doing it a long time that I have the utmost respect for them and I feel very privileged to be part of their fraternity.

Question: What do the Panthers have to do differently to get over the hump and make the playoffs?

Moller: Well, Tomas Vokoun has to have a great start and the team has to stay healthy.  We lost Bryan Allen last year and injuries are a part of the game but we need to avoid the injury bug. Nathan Horton and Rostislav Olesz need to be healthy and have bounce-back years offensively.

Question: What was it like playing with three of the Sutter brothers in junior all at once?

Moller: My brother played with Duane before too and that was before Ronnie, Richie, Duane and myself got there. Great hockey family. Tough. They were all tenacious and they all played the game the same way. Honest, hard-working and respectful on and off the ice.  Great team players.

Question: What was your first game in the NHL and were you nervous?

Moller: My first game in the NHL? My first game in the NHL was in the playoffs. In 1982, I got called up for Game 7 - the Quebec Nordiques and the Boston Bruins in the Boston Garden. We ended up winning that game and played the New York Islanders in the semi-final. My junior season had just ended and coach says "You're going tomorrow." I flew there the next day and I was in awe. Quebec had won Game 6 and forced a Game 7, it was the Boston Garden - first time I was ever there. Pichette scores the series winner in the third period and we win. There were seconds left and there was a scrum and Dale Hunter speared Terry O'Reilly, he went berzerk and ended up hitting the ref, Andy van Hellmond in the face and got a 10-game suspension.

*THAT* was my first game in the NHL!
Thanks again for all your great questions!
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