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Florida Panthers Announce 2009 Preseason Schedule

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Cats to Play Two Preseason Contests in Finland; Florida & Chicago Face-off in Compuware NHL Premiere Series at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on Oct. 2 & 3


SUNRISE, FL –The Florida Panthers today announced their nine game 2009 preseason schedule.

Florida opens the preseason on Tuesday, Sept. 15 with a game against the Ottawa Senators at the Halifax Metro Centre, followed by contests in Ottawa (Sept. 16), in Montreal (Sept. 17) and in Edmonton (Sept. 18). The Cats will also play in Calgary on Sunday, Sept. 20 and in Dallas on Tuesday, Sept. 22, before returning to South Florida.

The Panthers host their lone preseason game on Wednesday, Sept. 23 against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the preseason game can call (954) 835-PUCK. 

Florida completes their pre-season slate with two exhibition games in Finland on Monday, Sept. 28 at the Hakametsän Arena in Tampere against Tappara and on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki against Jokerit. As announced in February, Florida opens the 2009-10 regular season against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere Series at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on Friday, Oct, 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3.

Fans can purchase tickets for the game in Tampere beginning on Aug. 3, by logging onto www.lippupalvelu.com and tickets are currently on sale for all of the games in Helsinki, by logging onto www.hartwall-areena.com.

Panthers players will report to training camp in South Florida for medical and fitness testing and arrive in Nova Scotia on Saturday, Sept. 12. The first day of on-ice training will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, in Port Hawkesbury.  A complete training camp schedule will be released in the upcoming weeks.

2009 PRESEASON SCHEDULE: (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Date
Opponent
Location
Time
Tues., Sept 15
vs Ottawa Senators
Halifax Metro
6:00pm
Wed. Sept. 16
@ Ottawa Senators
Scotiabank Place
7:00pm
Thu. Sept. 17
@ Montreal Canadiens
Bell Centre
7:30pm
Fri. Sept. 18
@ Edmonton Oilers
Rexall Place
9:00pm
Sun. Sept. 20
@ Calgary Flames
Pengrowth Saddledome
9:00pm
Tue. Sept. 22
@ Dallas Stars
American Airlines Arena
8:30pm
Wed. Sept 23
vs Dallas Stars
BankAtlantic Center
7:30pm
Mon. Sept. 28
@ Tappara
Hakametsän Arena
12:00pm
Wed. Sept. 30
@ Jokerit
Hartwall Areena
12:00pm


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