Dinner with season seat holders, meeting fans after informal practices, being part of the Panthers Caravan and doing radio and television interviews at Marlins games.
Two weeks before the official start of training camp, Panthers coach Peter DeBoer and his players are all over the South Florida community meeting fans and reaching out to the community.
“We’re all happy to be involved,” said goalie Tomas Vokoun, who will have dinner Friday with season seat holders and then appear Sunday at the Panthers Caravan stop in Heron Bay (1pm-3pm). “With any business or sport, you want to get out and be seen and promote what you’re doing. It’s good to help the NHL, and you’re seeing people (at these events) who you live with and are your neighbors.”
Panthers forward Cory Stillman made a guest appearance last weekend at a Bar Mitzvah in Boca Raton. DeBoer was at Tuesday’s Marlins game at Landshark Stadium participating in the countdown to the team’s new stadium. Former Panthers player and current TV analyst Bill Lindsay will attend Saturday’s BOVA Ice Dancers tryouts at the Broward Mall (starts at 10am) and Sunday’s caravan stop in Heron Bay, while Cats radio broadcaster Randy Moller will make an appearance at Saturday’s caravan stop at Woodfield Country Club (11am-1pm).
“It’s a great opportunity prior to training camp and the regular season to do some community events,” DeBoer said. “During our season, our schedule is so tight that down time and rest time is critical. It’s hard to fit a lot of stuff in during the season. So this window of opportunity to get out and show our appreciation to the people who support us is really great.”
The Caravan, which includes a street hockey rink, rock climbing wall, slapshot competition and a visit by Stanley C. Panthers rolls on Sept. 12 at Glacier Ice Arena, Sept. 13 at Hawk’s Landing, Sept. 23 before the Panthers preseason game at BankAtlantic Center against the Stars, and Oct. 10th before the Panthers home opener against the Devils.