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!
Whether you plan on attending one or 41 Florida Panthers home games this season, you can now officially start purchasing single-game tickets for the team's upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
Beginning on Monday at 10 a.m., tickets for individual games at BB&T Center can be procured at either Ticketmaster.com or at the arena's box office in Sunrise during normal business hours.
"There's a tangible excitement in South Florida for the upcoming Panthers Hockey season," said Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "From the hiring of Coach Quenneville to lead our talented core, to the additions of free agents Sergei Bobrovsky, Anton Stralman and more, this will be a year to remember for the Panthers at BB&T Center. We can't wait to get this season started with our fans."
In addition to "$5 Beer Thursdays" and "Nacho Tot Tuesdays," the arena will also light up for "Territory Takeover" nights during each of Florida's 14 Saturday home games. These takeovers will celebrate cities within the Territory, putting an emphasis on traditions, landmarks and more. For more information on recurring promotions and themed nights, click HERE.
If you can only attend a few games this season, we've also got a helpful article that will make it easier to decided which games you simply can't miss. From the home opener on Oct. 5 against cross-state rival Tampa Bay to a meeting with Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis on March 21, we have picked out the six games throughout the season that currently feature the top storylines. To check out those games, clickHERE.
With superstars like Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau returning, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and three-time Stanley Cup winning head coach Joel Quenneville coming aboard, the Panthers have made it clear that their eyes are set on a return to the playoff this season.
Truly, it's going to be a thrilling journey that every fan, new and old, should want to be a part of.
For full ticketing options, including groups and suites, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/Tickets.
BILLY HITS THE BOOKS
The Summer Reading Tour welcomed two more special guest readers this past week.
Hoping to inspire children to pick up a book and also put on a pair of skates, original Panther forward Billy Lindsay and FOX Sport Florida's Steve Goldstein read hockey-themed books to large groups of excited, wide-eyed kids at local libraries in Sunrise and Pembroke Pines.
"We're getting them excited about reading and hopefully about hockey, too," said Lindsay, who currently works as a radio and television analyst. "It's good to get them involved that way, with the reading and the hockey books. It's been great to be involved. It's a joy to be around kids."
Lindsay was tasked with reading "Dino-Hockey" by Lisa Wheeler, a 30-page book detailing a heated matchup between rival dinosaur hockey teams: the Meat-Eaters and the Veggiesaurs.
"There were some big dinosaur names that I got corrected on," laughed Lindsay.
In conjunction with Broward County Libraries, the Panthers will make one stop on the reading tour this week, visiting the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines on Wednesday, July 17. The event will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and will feature a guest reader and games outside.
With 10 total stops currently scheduled from June through August, future dates and more information regarding this year's tour can be found at FloridaPanthers.com/ReadingTour.
CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK
As part of their off-ice team bonding, Panthers prospects swapped pucks for pins at last month's development camp.
Video: Development Camp Bowling
CATS IN THE COMMUNITY
On the latest episode of Territory Talk, new Panthers Anton Stralman, Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari all sat down with Jameson Olive to talk about why they chose to head to South Florida.
COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
-- Sergei Bobrovsky has his eyes set on a Stanley Cup.
-- There's no rush for goaltender Spencer Knight, writes NHL.com's Alain Poupart.
-- Jayce Hawryluk put on his coaching hat at the Panthers IceDen last month.
-- Outlets from around the hockey world are picking the Panthers to make the playoffs in 2019-20.
-- Noel Acciari is going to bring "spirit and passion" to Florida's bottom-six.
-- The best is yet to come for Brett Connolly.
-- The Panthers inked forward Kevin Roy to a one-year, two-way contract.
-- Florida signed defenseman Jake Massie to a two-year, entry-level contract.