|Panthers forward Marty Reasoner looks for the puck against goaltender Tomas Vokoun in a practice at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Reasoner grew up a half hour away in Honeoye Falls, NY. - PHOTOGALLERY
After arriving in Rochester, New York just after midnight following their 4-1 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, the Panthers were back on the ice at the Blue Cross Arena at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. With four days of training camp in South Florida now behind them, the Panthers set up their camp at the home of their American Hockey league affiliate, the Rochester Americans, where they will play the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
“This is a great rink with a lot of tradition and we are very happy to be able to spend a few days in Rochester,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. “The entire Rochester organization plays an important role in the development of our younger players and it is great to spend time in this wonderful hockey community.”
Center Marty Reasoner, who the Panthers acquired from Chicago this summer, had a homecoming of sort, practicing in Rochester, less than 30 minutes from Honeoye Falls, NY where he grew up.
“It is really fun to be in this rink and to play in a game in Rochester tomorrow,” said Reasoner. “The funny thing is the one time that I come home to play a game, my parents are out West on vacation. They traveled around for 20-years watching me play, but unfortunately they will not be able to be in here tomorrow night.”
After their game in Rochester tomorrow night, the Panthers will travel to Boston for a game on Saturday evening and then close out their road trip with a visit to play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Sept. 27. NOTES:
The Panthers on Wednesday announced that Mark Cullen
had successful surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon on Tuesday and he is expected to be out at least four months. Panthers Andrew Peters, Triston Grant, Kenndal McArdle, Nathan Paetsch and Jacob Markstrom
visited a local Rochester hospital after practice on Wednesday where they visited rooms, played Wii and air hockey and signed autographs.. Panthers GM Dale Tallon and Asst GM Michael Santos along with Panthers players and team personnel will attend a dinner hosted by Rochester owner/CEO Curt Styres Wednesday night. The Panthers will go with a veteran line-up tomorrow night when the play the Boston Bruins with Bryan Allen, Bryan McCabe, Dennis Wideman, Stephen Weiss
, Chris Higgins, Cory Stillman, Steve Reinprecht and Tomas Vokoun all expected to be in the line-up.