It was quite a night in Sunrise on Tuesday. Big names were on hand for the summer's 2nd Cats Cookout and big numbers showed up. Hundreds of fans enjoyed the food and hockey fun meeting current Panthers Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss
and Noah Welch. The trio signed autographs and took pictures with fans, mostly kids. My highlight of the night was former Panther Ray Sheppard, one of the all time good guys, meeting current Panther Nathan Horton. Sheppard told Nathan, "You are just like me, except you can skate!" Horton laughed and said thanks. Stephen Weiss
said the Panthers have many players here in town working out on a daily basis. It is unofficially the earliest and best turnout for off-season workouts in memory. Seems like the players are serious about getting off to a good start next season, a problem that has plagued the team the past two years.