The Florida Panthers were very active this past week as over 1000 fans attended two events, the latest coming Friday evening as Panthers Captain Olli Jokinen and G Ed Belfour greeted fans at Doris Italian Market in Boca Raton.
Fans began lining up at Doris Italian Market around 5 p.m., a whole hour before Jokinen and Belfour were scheduled to arrive. By 6 p.m. when the two Panthers arrived, the line had snaked from the front to the back of the store.
"It’s great to see that even in the summer all these fans come out to support us," Jokinen said. "We appreciate all the support we get from all of our fans."Both Jokinen and Belfour signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans of all ages. When one fan asked for a picture of his two favorite players, Belfour put his arm around Jokinen and the two smiled from ear to ear for the picture.
Everyone that entered Doris Italian Market Friday evening entered into a raffle to win great Panthers prizes. The evening ended with one lucky family winning an autographed stick by both Belfour and Jokinen. Three other fans received tickets to opening night and one lucky fan won tickets to a Beyonce concert at the BankAtlantic Center