Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.
BB&T Center is the place to be next week.
The Florida Panthers will be opening their doors from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 in order to give fans the unique opportunity to "test drive" and select their new seats for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Florida's game plan benefits include:
- Discounts off of single game pricing
- Interest free monthly payment plans
- NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Priority
With full, half and 11-game plans currently available, there is guaranteed to be a plan that fits every budget. In addition to selecting your seat, there will also be plenty of other fun attractions in the building, including games, activities and, of course, shopping in Pantherland.
You can RSVP HERE or simply stop by on the day of the event.
We look forward to seeing you!
31 in 31
In preparation for the upcoming season, the fine people over at NHL.com will be providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of the NHL's 31 teams throughout August.
On Sunday, the Panthers were put under the microscope.
After finishing sixth in the Atlantic Division last season, NHL.com believes that Florida's talented young core of players, such as center Aleksander Barkov and defenseman Aaron Ekblad, will need to be healthy and playing at their best if the Panthers hope to rebound and return to the playoffs in 2017-18.
"Our core young guys need to take over this team," general manager Dale Tallon said. "We want to play a different style and we wanted to get younger and quicker."
Here's a breakdown of NHL.com's 31 in 31 features on the Panthers:
-- Inside Look
-- Key Statistics
-- Top Prospects
-- Three Questions
-- Fantasy Preview
VIKTOR E. DASH
The Panthers will host their second annual Viktor E. Dash in conjunction with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the BB&T Center on Nov. 4, 2017.
The 5k race will kick off at 8 a.m. and the one-mile race will begin at 8:45 a.m., with each racer receiving a special Viktor E. Dash T-Shirt and custom finishers' medal.
The One Mile Race, named the Peggy Ziady Memorial Walk/Run, will take place in memory of the Panthers Director of Human Resources & Payroll Peggy Ziady. Peggy, who spent 12 years working for the Panthers, was a colleague, friend and mentor to every life she touched.
A portion of race registrations will be given to the Florida Panthers Foundation and to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, all registered racers will receive one ticket for the Panthers vs. Rangers game on Nov. 4, 2017 or Panthers vs. Stars on Nov. 14, 2017. You can register for the race HERE.
CATS IN THE COMMUNITY
It might be the offseason, but the Panthers are always active in the community.
COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
-- Panthers alumni will face off against the first responders of Coral Springs in the second'Pucks for Bucks' charity hockey game at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs on Saturday, Sept. 16.
-- In the latest installment of our "Season Rewind" series, we took a look at defenseman Mike Matheson, who recorded 17 points (7-10-17) as a rookie during the 2016-17 season.
"It's going to be a little weird not being a rookie next season, but as this season went on I got more and more comfortable," Matheson said. "I think being able to build on that will be important at the beginning of next year to get a good start."
-- The Panthers and Dolphins recently teamed up to host a summer analytics course at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
-- Florida's second annual broadcast camp was a hit!
-- Group tickets are on sale now.