This weekend is a hockey weekend.
That's right, come on out to the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs for this year's rookie tournament this weekend for some quality free hockey. The Panthers will play host to the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals for the tournament, and the teams are in action tomorrow, Sunday and Tuesday.
Click here for a roster, and below is the full rookie tournament schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 17
Washington vs. Tampa Bay - 2:30 p.m.
Nashville at Florida - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Nashville vs. Tampa Bay - 2:30 p.m.
Washington at Florida - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Nashville vs. Washington - 10:00 a.m.
Tampa Bay at Florida - 1:30 p.m.
*Times are subject to change
JERSEYS ON SALE THIS WEEK
"But, FloridaPanthers.com," you may be thinking, "What am I supposed to do on Monday?"
We've got you covered there, too. Come to the BB&T Center between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. for some special hours at Pantherland! Pick up new gear and merchandise. And, if you pre-ordered a jersey, it'll be available for pickup.
Here are the full Pantherland special hours.
Monday 9/19: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday 9/20: 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday 9/21: 5-8 p.m.
Thursday 9/22: 5-8 p.m.
Friday 9/23: 5-8 p.m.
WORLD CUP KICKOFF
There's even more hockey on the horizon, too, as the World Cup of Hockey officially kicks off. The Panthers have four participants - Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen (Finland), and Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trocheck (North America) - and they lit it up in the exhibition portion of the tournament.
Finland and North America are both in Group B, so unlike this year's IIHF World Championships, there will not be a Panther-versus-Panther final, unfortunately.
Anyways, here's our full viewing guide, complete with a television schedule and bios on each of the Panthers in the tournament. Go check it out.
SCEVIOUR, MARCHESSAULT CHAT WITH DOUG PLAGENS
It's that time of the year when players start matriculating down to Florida, so our own Doug Plagens caught up with two of the new guys - forwards Jonathan Marchessualt and Colton Sceviour - to chat about their new squad.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MCCANN'S GOT SKILLS
Fresh off a trip to Barbados, Jared McCann is in Florida keeping his skills sharp ahead of camp. And judging by this video from yesterday's informal skate, he's right on track.
- Springfield's rich hockey history
- Nick Bjugstad days until opening night
- Mike Matheson reverse-photobombs Ian McCoshen
- This weekend's Inside the Panthers is set to give a behind-the-scenes look at our players' offseason training.