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Panthers Announce 2010 NHL Draft Parties At Duffy’s Sports Grills In Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beach

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Florida Panthers will host two 2010 NHL Entry Draft Watch Parties on Friday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Duffy’s Sports Grill – a new marketing partner of SSE – locations in Ft. Lauderdale (1804 Cordova Rd) and Palm Beach Gardens (11588 US Highway 1). The draft parties will feature drink and food specials, appearances from Panthers personalities, ticket promotions and merchandise giveaways with no cover. 

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on VERSUS at 7 p.m. (EST). The Panthers own the third overall pick in the draft, their highest since 2003. 

“The Draft Party is a fan favorite event and this year we are excited to feature two separate locations to better serve our fans across the tri-county area,” said SSE president & COO Michael Yormark. “I’d also like to thank our partners at Duffy’s Sports Grill for hosting this year’s Draft Parties. With new General Manager Dale Tallon in place, and four picks in the first two rounds, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft figures to be one of the most exciting in recent memory for Panthers fans and is yet another example of how our organization maintains its commitment to the South Florida community.

“In addition, this year we will host a Draft Party in Palm Beach County for the very first time, further underscoring the Panthers’ commitment to grow our fan base in that market.”   

“Duffy’s is very excited about our new strategic partnership with the Florida Panthers,” said Paul Emmett, President of Duffy’s Sports Grill. “We look forward to hosting these draft parties as the first of many joint marketing initiatives for the 2010-2011 season.” 

Panther alumni and personalities including Bill Lindsay, Randy Moller, Ray Sheppard and others will be in attendance to meet with fans. In addition, Stanley C. Panther and the Panthers Ice Dancers will also be on hand to interact with fans that will also have the opportunity to win a number of special prizes and giveaways, and take advantage of drink and food specials.

SSE’s marketing partnership with Duffy’s Sports Grill includes Panthers player appearances and other promotional events at Duffy’s locations, added Panthers benefits to the Duffy’s MVP rewards program including suite nights and game tickets, and more. 

Duffy’s Sports Grill, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, operates 22 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located between Melbourne and Plantation on the East Coast of Florida.  Established in 1985, the company has become a regional market leader known for top quality casual dining with an emphasis on freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items.   Duffy’s boasts a distinctly upscale sports environment complete with all the satellite programming available, over 50 TVs per location, and framed authentic sports memorabilia throughout each restaurant.  For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, please visit the company’s website at <> .

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