On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers hosted their second annual broadcast camp, giving young Panthers fans an inside look at sports broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.
With Panthers radio and television personalities like Steve Goldstein, Randy Moller and Doug Plagens in attendance, campers took part in numerous entertainment-centric activities, including on-camera segments, hands-on work and instruction, public address announcing and radio play-by-play.
"Seeing the kids come out and being as dedicated and committed to doing what we do for a living, it brings back memories. It is a great thing that the Panthers do," said Panthers television broadcaster Steve Goldstein.
At the beginning of the camp, former Panthers player and current Vice President of Business Operations Shawn Thornton surprised the kids with an impromptu Q&A session about his playing days and experiences in broadcasting.
Campers then rotated to four different sections encompassing all that goes on during a NHL game at BB&T Center. From television and radio broadcasting, to public address announcing and control room operations, there was not an area left out where campers could test their skills and learn more.
"There is a lot of stuff that we can do that is really cool," said camper Max Bernstein. "It's a lot of fun just learning how to do some different things and progressing and surprising ourselves and seeing what we can do."
"Probably the most fun thing was announcing the starting lineup," said camper D.J. Hochman. "Probably the most important thing is to be natural and how much that can help you with performing better."
Florida Panthers PA announcer Andrew Imber was surprised at the knowledge many of the participants at this year's camp had about the Panthers.
"What really amazes me is the knowledge these kids have. During the starting lineups, they aren't even writing the names down. These kids know the Panthers so well. It's pretty incredible."
"There's some talented kids, no question," added Goldstein. "There is a passion for sports, for hockey and for the Panthers. I would certainly say we could have a few future broadcasters come through this camp this year and hopefully for years in the future we keep doing it."