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Rats Roundup: Back from Finland, Mr. Torrey's Legacy

by Peter Rossi /

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

The Cats are in the middle of a three-game homestand at BB&T Center, Mr. Torrey's legacy night is here and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Back in the USA

After splitting their 2018 Global Series games against the Winnipeg Jets, the Cats began a three-game homestand on Thursday with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers will face off against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Nov. 9 and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, Nov. 10 before hitting the road for six games.

For tickets, head to

Mr. Torrey's Legacy

On Saturday, with the New York Islanders in town, the Panthers will honor the legacy of William "Bill" Torrey.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Torrey this Saturday ahead of our game against the New York Islanders.

A Hockey Hall of Famer, a champion, an architect, a legend, and a true gentleman, William A. Torrey was the original Panther. He was founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga's first choice to helm his new NHL franchise in South Florida. He named Mr. Torrey the franchise's inaugural President on April 19, 1993. "Bow Tie Bill" as he was affectionately known, served in a senior capacity with the Panthers from 1993-2018.

Mr. Torrey's extensive and impressive resume included building a Stanley Cup dynasty with the New York Islanders, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983, while drafting numerous Hall of Famers including Panthers TV Color Analyst Denis Potvin who served as the team's captain for eight seasons.

For more on Mr. Torrey's legacy and to get tickets to this special night, click HERE.

Turkey Drive

The Panthers annual Turkey Drive is back this year, with an added twist! Come donate a frozen turkey at BB&T Center on Monday, Nov. 19 from 5-10 p.m. and enjoy a Panthers watch party!

The Panthers will have food trucks, interactive games, video game trucks, inflatable slap shot, corn hole, jenga along with commercial break intermission games and activities for fans to participate in throughout the night. Stanley C. Panther, Viktor E. Ratt and ROAR Corps will be in attendance as well!

Come donate for a great cause and enjoy watching the Cats in action on the road with fellow Panthers fans! Click HERE for all the info!

Cats and Coca-Cola

On Thursday, the Cats announced the #CatsShareACoke social media contest and Coca-Cola Collectable Alumni Pin series, two unique ways for fans to celebrate the Panthers 25th Anniversary season with the club and Coca-Cola.

The #CatsShareACoke Contest will allow one grand prize winner to share a Coca-Cola product at BB&T Center with a Florida Panthers executive, player or broadcaster. Fans can enter the contest through the Panthers' social media channels. For full contest rules and pin information, please visit

Coca-Cola and Florida Panthers Collectible Pins are back for the 2018-19 Season. Available exclusively at BB&T Center Concessions, limited quantities are available of each pin. Fans who purchase two (2) 20oz bottles of any Coca-Cola product at BB&T Center concessions will receive the current pin while supplies last.

Available at BB&T Center, beginning on Nov. 8, pins throughout the season will feature:

• Olli Jokinen

• Ed Jovanovski (Available now)

• Stephen Weiss

• Scott Mellanby

• Rob Niedermayer

• Bryan McCabe

Fans can stay tuned to for additional activations to be announced throughout the season!

Quick Hitters

- Derek MacKenzie is out indefinitely following successful shoulder surgery.

- Another successful Learn to Play session. Congrats to all our Ft. Myers participants!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: Congrats to all of the participants who completed our first full #LearnToPlay program at Fort Myers Skatium!

- Evgenii Dadonov has a unique nickname. Click HERE for Sports Illustrated's story about the story behind "Daddy."

- The Cats' power play is heating up at the right time.

- The Florida Panthers IceDen is hosting the Amerigol Miami International Hockey Association 2018 LATAM Cup this weekend. Click HERE for all the info and schedule of games.

- The Florida Panthers partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to award Sergeant Larrone with a new home! 

- Catch Mike Hoffman on the latest episode of Territory Talk, discussing his experiences on the Finland trip and more!

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