Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what's on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best -- so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information!
It's still early, but Evgenii Dadonov has been dominating the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Through the first two games of the 16-team international tournament, which runs from May 10-26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, the Florida Panthers veteran winger has already posted a pair of two-goal performances. As of Monday morning, his four goals place him in second at the annual event.
After helping lead Russia to a 5-2 win over Norway on Friday, Dadonov registered two goals -- including netting the opening tally for the second straight game -- in a 5-0 victory over Austria on Sunday. Of the four goals he's notched thus far, a tournament-high three of them have come while on the power play.
And although Dadonov has been on fire, several other Panthers have also been making waves.
Frank Vatrano picked up his first two points of the tournament in USA's 7-1 win over France on Sunday, recording a goal and an assist to help the Red, White and Blue improve to 1-1-0. Vincent Praplan, who the Panthers acquired at this year's trade deadline, has tallied a goal and two assists to help Switzerland claim a 2-0-0 record. Juho Lammikko, who is making his World Championship debut, has been held off the scoresheet through his first first two games, but has still helped Finland jump out to a 2-0-0 start.
Vatrano and Lammikko will clash when a jam-packed week at the Worlds kicks off with USA vs. Finland at 10:15 a.m. ET on Monday morning. If you'd like to tune in, all of the action will be on NHL Network. But if you don't have time to make it to a TV, stay locked in to @FlaPanthers on Twitter for updates.
The full schedule for Panthers at World Championship this week is as follows:
Monday, May 13:
10:15 a.m. ET: USA (Vatrano) vs. Finland (Lammikko)
10:15 a.m. ET: Russia (Dadonov) vs. Czech Republic
Tuesday, May 14:
2:15 p.m. ET: Switzerland (Praplan) vs. Austria
Wednesday, May 15:
10:15 a.m. ET: USA (Vatrano) vs. Great Britain
10:15 a.m. ET: Switzerland (Praplan) vs. Norway
2:15 p.m. ET: Russia (Dadonov) vs. Italy
Thursday, May 16:
2:15 p.m. ET: Finland (Lammikko) vs. Denmark
Friday, May 17:
2:15 p.m. ET: Finland (Lammikko) vs. Great Britain
Saturday, May 18:
6:15 a.m. ET: Denmark vs. USA (Vatrano)
6:15 a.m. ET: Latvia vs. Russia (Dadonov)
2:15 p.m. ET: Sweden vs. Switzerland (Praplan)
Sunday, May 19:
10:15 a.m. ET: Germany vs. USA (Vatrano)
2:15 p.m. ET: France vs. Finland (Lammikko)
2:15 p.m. ET: Switzerland (Praplan) vs. Russia (Dadonov)
The Panthers are eager to host both current and future fans this weekend.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, the BB&T Center will open its doors for the organization's annual Select-A-Seat event. In addition to being able to "test drive" seats and check out of all of the different viewing areas the arena has to offer, attendees will also be given a rare tour of the team's locker room.
If you start feeling a bit parched on the tour, patrons 21 and older can also enjoy a complimentary beer!
With the arrival of Stanley Cup-winning head coach Joel Quenneville and Aleksander Barkov's ascension to superstardom, this promises to be a season for the ages, and one fans certainly don't want to miss. So make sure to grab all of your family, friends and other fans and check out this weekend's Select-A-Seat.
While walk-ins are certainly welcome, we encourage fans who plan on attending to RSVP HERE.
The Panthers are searching for new Community Champions.
Entering its fourth season, the Community Champions Grant program, which is presented by Moss & Associates, LLC and the Moss Foundation, is committed to donating a total of $5 million -- $3 million has already been awarded! -- to local 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies serving South Florida.
At each home game since the program launched, the Florida Panthers Foundation has awarded a grant for up to $25,000 to a local organization that typically falls under one of four key pillars - health and education for children, veteran's issues, youth hockey or raising awareness for the Florida panther.
For a closer look at what the program is all about, check out the stories below from past Champions:
- Panthers Help Bring Families Closer at Memorial West NICU
- Florida Wildlife Federation Hopes to Give Panther Safe Passage
- Panthers, HandsOn Broward Team Up to Honor Fallen Parkland Teacher
- Sweet Dream Makers, Panthers Fight for a Good Night's Sleep
For more information or to apply for the 2019-20 Florida Panthers Community Champions Grant Program, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/CommunityChampions. The sooner you apply, the better!
WE DOUBLE DARE YOU
What's Keith Yandle so happy about in the photo below? Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com to find out!
CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK
To celebrate National Teacher Day, several Panthers shared which teachers had the biggest impact on their lives.
Video: National Teacher Day
CATS IN THE COMMUNITY
On the latest episode of Territory Talk, Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive take a look at the four Panthers players competing at this year's World Championship. The duo also shares who they think will come out victorious at the tournament, while Frank Vatrano stops by for a quick chat about playing for Team USA.
COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
-- The Panthers have committed to privately financing the restoration and revitalization of the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
-- The Panthers recently signed goaltender Chris Driedger to a two-year contract.
-- What's Frank Vatrano up to this offseason? Find out in the latest installment of the "Summer Plans" series.
-- REWIND: Roberto Luongo made history and finished his 2018-19 campaign on a high note.
-- The Panthers, Moss Construction and H.O.M.E.S. celebrated the opening of the first of eight homes the trio has teamed up to help build for families in need in South Florida.
-- REWIND: Mike Hoffman shined on the power play during his first season with the Panthers.