SUNRISE – The Florida Panthers announced today that the Florida Panthers Preseason Special is scheduled to premiere on FSN Florida Saturday, September 27 at 5:30pm and will replay multiple times before the start of the regular 2008-09 NHL season.
Hosted by FSN Florida’s Frank Forte, the new half-hour show will focus on the continued growth of the Panthers’ top players like Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss
, David Booth, Jay Bouwmeester and Rostislav Olesz. This young core is the nucleus of the Panther squad which has made late runs at the playoffs for the past two seasons. Plus, the veteran presence of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who returned to All-Star status in the 2007-08 NHL season, provides the Cats with the most important element of any successful hockey team - good play in the net. Panther fans will also get a preview of the new additions to the roster with a feature on Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, Brian McCabe and Cory Stillman, who were all acquired in the off-season. Ballard, Boynton and McCabe are predicted to significantly upgrade the Panthers corps of defensemen.
FSN Florida’s Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein will speak with new Panthers Head Coach Peter DeBoer about his jump into the NHL after a successful career in Canadian junior hockey and hear his thoughts on guiding the Panthers. In addition, Goldstein will be joined by FSN Florida’s Panthers color analyst and hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin to review the competition in the Eastern Conference and offer their thoughts for the upcoming season.
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