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Rats Roundup - Pantherfest, Olli comes home and more

by Kyle Morrison / FloridaPanthers.com

Well folks, that was a whirlwind week.

Since the last installment of Rats Roundup, we've had two days worth of the #NHL100 Centennial Celebration, a Cats legend coming home to retire, a (very) fun season ticket holder event and two games.

Let's get all caught up here.

Olli Comes Home

The Panthers welcomed back the franchise's all-time leading scorer this week, as Olli Jokinen signed an honorary contract. The Finnish forward put up 419 points over seven seasons with the Panthers.

While he wasn't drafted by the Panthers, Sunrise was where his career took off. After averaging 23 points in his first two years as a Cat, he found his scoring touch, averaging 75 points per season in his last five years with the team.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Someone's happy to be home. �� pic.twitter.com/zGr9jmwjlM

For Jokinen, retiring as a Panther just felt right.

"My heart has always been with the Panthers organization," he told FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive. "Now I feel like my career has come full circle."

You can read Olive's full feature on Jokinen's retirement here (spoiler: it's very good). 

PantherFest: It's Lit

Aaron Carter threw the party of the year back in 2000. And while it's still early, it's safe to say that the Florida Panthers may have thrown the best party of 2017.

Pantherfest had everything imaginable - a private viewing of an NHL practice, autographs, chances to meet players, great food and, well, this:

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Who wore it better? �� pic.twitter.com/l2FMfOXzVl

 *CSI voice* ENHANCE!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: tfw you finally meet Aleksander Barkov pic.twitter.com/XodR09mEPA 

That's a face of pure bliss, friends. That's also the only appropriate reaction to meeting Panthers superstar center Aleksander Barkov. It's still unconfirmed if the two Barkovs actually had a bark-off, however.

Photo of the Week

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: IT'S HERE! *happy screams* pic.twitter.com/fcZ7z4iZju

That's right, Lord Stanley took a much-needed beach day in Fort Lauderdale.

The #NHL100 Centennial Celebration stopped by South Florida last weekend, and the festivities were nothing short of spectacular. Food trucks, zamboni simulators, photos with the Cup and much more - talk about a big weekend.

Click here to see our favorite photos from last weekend's NHL100 celebration. 

Quick-Hitters:

Tonight is Panther Conservation Night! A portion of every purchase made in Pantherland tonight will go towards saving South Florida's coolest kind of cat. Click here for full details on tonight's event. 

Henrik Borgström and the Denver Pioneers are heading to the NCHC playoffs. Get all caught up on the latest with Panthers prospects with this week's In the Pipeline

The Florida Panthers Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Best Buddies on Saturday night as a part of the Community Champions Grant Program. 

We've got two watch parties coming up at American Social - including one tomorrow! 

Calling all Deadheads! Tonight's your night - come celebrate the Grateful Dead! 

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