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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE – As a prelude to the network's season-long coverage of Florida Panthers NHL hockey, FSN Florida's Florida Panthers Preseason Special for the upcoming 2006-07 season is scheduled to premiere Monday, October 2 at 7:00pm (ET).

The half-hour special, hosted by FSN Florida's Panthers pregame host and in-game reporter Craig Minervini, will bring fans up-to-date on the team and its players as they get set to drop the puck for the start of the new NHL season.

The special takes a close look at the team's current roster with interviews with some of the Panthers' new high-profile acquisitions, including RW Todd Bertuzzi; D Bryan Allen and G Alex Auld. Fans can also catch up with their favorite returning players and hear from team captain, C Olli Jokinen, RW Nathan Horton, C Joe Nieuwendyk and several others.

FSN Florida's play-by-play announcer, Dave Strader, sat down with Panthers Head Coach and General Manager Jacques Martin to find out what fans can expect from the team this season and asks what the team's expectations are for themselves. FSN Florida's Panthers analyst Denis Potvin also shares his opinions on what to look for from the Panthers and throughout the league this season.

In addition to its October 2 premiere, FSN Florida's Florida Panthers Preseason Special is slated to replay Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 2pm; Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30pm and Friday, Oct. 6 at 6:30pm.

Regular season coverage on FSN Florida begins Friday, October 6, with the team's home opener against the Boston Bruins. Coverage begins at 7:00pm with a special live, opening night edition of FSN Florida's PANTHERS TONIGHT pregame show, followed by the game at 7:30pm.

FSN Florida will produce, and distribute via participating cable and satellite providers, 34 of its 70 regular season game telecasts in stunning high definition (HD) this season.

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