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Cats & Coffee: Reading Tour Arrives in Sunrise; Open House at BB&T

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers are coming to a library near you!

The next stop on the organization's inaugural summer reading tour will be at the Dan Pearl Library in Sunrise on Tuesday. The event is scheduled to run from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., with plenty of fun activities for kids to enjoy both in and outside of the library.

In conjunction with Broward County Libraries and the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Panthers are visiting a total of 11 area libraries from June-August, with special guests, alumni and personalities serving as guest readers at each stop.

Roberto Luongo and broadcaster Bill Lindsay kicked off the tour as special guests in June, reading hockey-themed picture books to groups of captivated young children at the North Lauderdale Saraniero Library and Stirling Road Library.

Luongo hopes the initiative not only creating new readers, but also hockey fans.

"That's where it all begins," he said.

For more information about the tour, please visit

Video: Broward County Summer Reading Tour: Roberto Luongo


There's nothing small about the amount of action you'll get to see with a Mini Plan.

The Panthers will be holding a special "Mini Plan Preview" edition of their annual Open House series at BB&T Center on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. At this event, fans will have the opportunity to tour the arena and test drive a variety of different seating locations.

With a dedicated Panthers Team Member serving as your guide, you'll be shown the best seats in the arena and provided with detailed information on ticketing options, including Season Ticket Holder benefits. The best seats you'll see, however, are actually not for sale.

In addition to a tour of the arena, fans will also have a chance to tour the locker room! 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Head on out to @thebbtcenter on July 11 for your first opportunity to secure a 2018-19 Mini Plan!Get an exclusive tour of the arena & #FlaPanthers Locker Room as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary Season ��

For general ticketing information for the upcoming season, visit


How did this summer's development prospects feel about Florida? Well, for starters, it's hot! 

Video: Development Camp: Florida


Tweet from @hawk954: Guys, I swear it was full blown pure coincidence that I would cross paths with the @flapanthers Roar Corps & @StanleyCPanther over at @IKEAUSA Sunrise this afternoon!So which one of you knew I was buying my furniture today?!Let���s Go!!!!#FlaPanthers #OneTerritory #Panthers25

Tweet from @StanleyCPanther: Viktor and I are celebrating #christmasinjuly with @Kiwanis. #oneterritory

Tweet from @JerrodEdson: @FlaPanthers @Barkovsasha95 She said she wanted to paint a hockey picture...


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- Panthers prospects forged new friendships at Topgolf

- Jared McCann is "ready to do whatever it takes" to help the Panthers next season

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