SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Florida Panthers will host two 2011 NHL Entry Draft Watch Parties on Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at Duffy’s Sports Grill locations in Ft. Lauderdale (1804 Cordova Rd) and PGA & US 1 (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. This is the second consecutive year the Panthers have hosted Draft Parties at two Duffy’s locations, one in Broward County and one in Palm Beach County.
In addition, 2011-12 Florida Panthers season ticket owners will receive a special gift at each party, and fans wearing Panthers gear will get their first drink for free. The 2011 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. and will be broadcast live on VERSUS.
“The Draft Party is a fan favorite event and for the second consecutive 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 again hosting this year’s Draft Parties. With General Manager Dale Tallon at the helm, the Panthers are poised for an aggressive and exciting offseason that will include Draft weekend and the start of free agency on July 1.”
“The seasonal draft party is a huge draw and we are delighted to be able to offer the experience to loyal Panthers fans in northern Palm Beach county in addition to passionate fans in Ft. Lauderdale,” said Paul Emmett, President of Duffy’s Sports Grill. “SSE and Duffy’s pool considerable resources to ensure that the fans are exposed to a very special and exciting draft event.”
Panthers alumni and personalities including Bill Lindsay, Randy Moller, 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. About Duffy's Sports Grill
Duffy’s Sports Grill, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida operates 24 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located between Miami and Melbourne on the East Coast of Florida. In addition to having over 50 large plasma TVs and all the satellite sports programming available at each location, Duffy’s has established a strategic partnership with the Florida Panthers, the Miami Dolphins, and the Florida Marlins further positioning the concept as “The Official Sports Grill of Your Favorite Florida Teams”. For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, please visit the company’s website at www.DuffysMVP.com
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