SUNRISE, FL – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today the Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) will begin their 20th season in the National Hockey League on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Dallas and open their home schedule with a special “throwback” BB&T Center opener on Oct. 11 against the first regular season home opponent in franchise history – the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After a four-game road trip to start season, the Panthers host the Pens, and unveil a new Panasonic high definition scoreboard, on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center (@theBBTCenter).
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The Cats took on the Penguins in their first regular season game in South Florida on Oct. 12, 1993, nearly 20-years to the date. The night will be a “throwback” night with details on all of the Opening Night festivities to be announced in the coming weeks.
Panthers season ticket packages are on sale now starting at $7 a game including a host of exciting benefits. The only way for fans to guarantee the best games at the best prices and the best locations is to call 954-835-PUCK now or log on to FloridaPanthers.com.
The 2013-2014 season is highlighted by 27 games at home either on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Florida completes the 2013-2014 campaign with a five-game homestand that ends with the regular season finale on Saturday, April 12 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. All Panthers home games (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday home contests will start at 7 p.m. Sunday home game start times will vary between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
As part of NHL realignment Florida is competing in a new Atlantic division featuring in-state rival Tampa Bay, original six opponents Detroit, Montreal, Boston, and Toronto, as well as Buffalo and Ottawa.
“In honor of our 20th Anniversary celebration we have put together a terrific schedule that starts with an extra special opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins – the same opponent the Cats hosted in their first ever regular season home game at the Miami Arena in 1993,” said Panthers President Michael R. Yormark (@PanthersYormark). “Our fans should be extremely excited about the schedule as it includes a thrilling Thanksgiving week of home games against Philadelphia, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh, as well as three fantastic holiday match-ups against Detroit, Montreal and the Rangers on New Year’s Eve (5 p.m. start).
“Fans will also get the chance to see the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks when they visit South Florida on Oct. 22, as well as a pair of visits from the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins. We look forward to welcoming Panthers fans back to the BB&T Center this fall and sharing this special anniversary season with them.”
2013-14 Regular Season News & Notes:
New Look Atlantic Division: The Panthers start the 2013-14 campaign in a new eight-team Eastern Conference Atlantic division with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. Florida will play 30 games within their division playing five times against both Detroit (three home/two away) and Boston (two home/three away), while playing their other division opponents four times each (two home/two away). The Panthers will play 24 games within their conference against non-division teams and 28 games (one home/one away) against the Western Conference. The new scheduling matrix will ensure that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once a season.
Panthers Hockey Seven Days A Week: Florida will host home contests on every day of the week this season. The Cats have two Monday games, 11 games on Tuesday, one game on Wednesday, seven games on Thursday, eight games on Friday, six games on Saturday and six games on Sunday.
Happy Anniversary: The Panthers will celebrate their 20th year in the NHL with several promotions throughout the season that include:
- Special 20th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration
- Florida Panthers “All-Time Greats” series of collectible giveaways during multiple Cats home games during the 2013-2014 season
- 20th Anniversary-themed broadcasts on FOX Sports Florida and Sports Radio WQAM as well as shoulder programming
- Line of Panthers 20th Anniversary retail merchandise at Pantherland
- Exclusive 20th Anniversary benefits for Season Seat Owners
- Visits from Panthers greats during select 2013-2014 Cats home games
- Experiential and recognition opportunities for longtime Panthers fans
- Special 20th Anniversary-themed game presentation with the new center-hung scoreboard as the centerpiece
Thanksgiving Feast: The Panthers will host three games during Thanksgiving week beginning with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, Nov. 25, followed by the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and close out the week hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Holiday Hockey: After the Christmas holiday, the Panthers will host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Dec. 28, the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Dec. 29 and the New York Rangers on New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.
Spring Break Hockey: The Panthers have their busiest month of the season in March with 17 games (eight home and nine road) and three sets of back-to-back contests.
Brighter in the BB&T Center: Thanks to support from Broward County, the Panthers will unveil a new 30-foot high by 40-foot wide scoreboard when the puck drops in the fall. The new scoreboard boasts one of the first pitched-forward, 360-degree continuous primary screens in professional sports, with state-of-the-art 6mm LED high-definition screens that measure 16-feet high by almost 168-feet around.
Start Times: All Panthers home games (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday home contests will start at 7 p.m. Sunday home game start times will vary between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Panthers home game on New Year’s Eve against the NY Rangers will begin at 5 p.m. Start times may also be changed when circumstances such as national television start times dictate otherwise.
Get Your Tickets Now: For the best value, best games and best locations Panthers fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now as dynamically priced single game tickets will not go on sales until closer to training camp. Fans interested in buying season seat packages (starting at 13-game mini plans) are guaranteed the best value and can contact a ticket representative at (954) 835-PUCK or log on to FloridaPanthers.com.
2013-14 Schedule Highlights:
- The Panthers open the 2013-14 campaign with a four-game road trip, playing the Dallas Stars (Oct. 3), the St. Louis Blues (Oct. 5), the Philadelphia Flyers (Oct. 8) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (Oct. 10).
- The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks visit South Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Florida travels to the windy city to play the Blackhawks on Sunday, Dec. 8.
- The Panthers host the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, March 9. The Cats travel to Boston three times to face the Bruins on Thursday, Nov. 7, Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, March 4.
- The Panthers conclude the 2013-2014 season with a five-game homestand. They will host Calgary (April 4), Dallas (April 6), Philadelphia (April 8), Toronto (April 10) and Columbus in the season finale (April 12).
- The Panthers 2013-14 schedule includes 12 Sunday contests, five Monday games, 20 Tuesdays, one Wednesday, 16 Thursdays, 12 Fridays and 16 Saturday contests.
- The Panthers longest homestand of the season is six games when they host Boston (Oct. 17), Minnesota (Oct. 19), Chicago (Oct. 22), Buffalo (Oct. 25), Tampa Bay (Oct. 27) and St. Louis (Nov. 1). Florida will also play three five-game homestands (Nov. 25-Dec. 5; Dec. 23-Jan 4; April 4-12).
- The Panthers longest road trip of the season is five games, occurring once. The trip includes contests against Minnesota (Nov. 15), Colorado (Nov. 16), Vancouver (Nov. 19), Edmonton (Nov. 21) and Calgary (Nov. 22).
- The Cats will play 12 games in October, 15 games in November, 14 games in December, 13 in January, five in February, 17 in March and six in April.
- The Panthers will play 14 sets of back-to-back contests (nine sets with both games on the road, four sets split between home and road games).
- The Panthers will not play a game from Feb. 7-27, as the NHL will take a break from the schedule to allow players to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Cats begin play after the break hosting the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Feb. 27.