SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today that they will open their 2009 training camp in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will play their first preseason game against the Ottawa Senators at the Halifax Metro Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ADT ( 6 p.m. EST).
Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin and Bluenose League President Ralston MacDonnell made the announcement this afternoon in Halifax, which calls for the Panthers to open training camp in Nova Scotia for the next three years (2009, 2010, 2011.)
“We are excited about the opportunity to open our training camp in Port Hawkesbury and to play an exhibition game in Halifax,” said Martin. “This is an ideal situation because it gives our team the chance to train at a great facility and allows our players the opportunity to bond together early in training camp. At the same time, it will provide the residents of Port Hawkesbury and Halifax the chance to see NHL hockey in their hometown setting.”
Panthers players will report to training camp in South Florida for medical and fitness testing and arrive in Nova Scotia on Saturday, Sept. 12. The first day of on-ice training will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, in Port Hawkesbury. A complete training camp schedule will be announced in the near future.
Florida’s training camp stay in Port Hawkesbury and the exhibition game in Halifax was made possible due to the combined efforts of the Panthers and the Bluenose League. The mission of the Bluenose League is to position the Maritimes as the home of NHL pre-season hockey. Bluenose League works with communities, teams, the NHL, major event venues, sponsors and other stakeholders to establish a viable sport hosting scenario that provides a unique entertainment and cultural experience in the region.
Panthers fans who are interested in attending the Panthers first pre-season game in Halifax can log onto www.Ticketatlantic.com
or call the Ticket Atlantic box office at (902) 451-1221.
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