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Rats Roundup: Back from the Bye, Aiding Hurricane Relief

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

The Panthers are back from their mandatory bye week, during which they teamed up with the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL and NHLPA to help aid in recovery for Hurricane Irma and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Huizenga Night

The Cats get back into game action tonight as they welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to BB&T Center for the first time. This game will not only be a crucial matchup for the Cats' playoff push, but the Panthers will permanently retire number 37 to the rafters in honor of franchise founder H. Wayne Huizenga. The number 37 was selected by the Huizenga family in recognition of Wayne's birth year and lucky number.

It is also Free T-Shirt Friday! The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Panthers Territory t-shirt.

Click HERE to purchase tickets 

Immokalee Recovery

Immokaleee, Fla. Was one of the hardest hit areas of the state when Hurricane Irma made landfall more than four months ago.

On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHLPA and NHL teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County to help with the restoration process by building new homes for those in need. From former players to staff and interns, members from each organization leant a helping hand.

Throughout the day, more than 50 members of Florida's staff worked side-by-side with volunteers from Tampa Bay, teaming up together to frame walls, hang siding, paint and lay sod.

Making sure no one was standing idly by was former Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton, who also got a kick out of working with his old on-ice rival. For a full recap of the day of service, click HERE

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: #FlaPanthers and @TBLightning working together in the community with @Habitat_Collier, @NHL and @NHLPA. #ThisIsWhyWeBuild pic.twitter.com/XfDYJR7yj2

Borgström for Hobey Baker

Panthers prospect Henrik Borgström, who is a sophomore forward for the University of Denver, has recently been named a candidate for the Hobey Baker award. It is an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player.

This first phase of fan balloting runs Jan. 16 through March 4, 2018. Phase two (2) of fan balloting will include the top ten finalists and will run from March 14 through March 25, 2018. The fans' vote accounts for one (1) percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient. The winner will be announced from a field of three (3) Hobey Hat Trick finalists on April 6, 2018 during the 2018 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

Click HERE to cast your vote!

Thunderbirds Are Flying High

The Springfield Thunderbirds are on a roll, having won their last five straight games. FloridaPanther.com's Jameson Olive has a closer look at the streak HERE.

The Thunderbirds go for their sixth straight win when they take on the Binghamton Devils tonight in Springfield at 7 p.m.

Quick Hitters

- The Florida Panthers announced today they are partnering with Children's Services Council and Broward County Public Schools to host a book drive at BB&T Center on Thursday, Jan. 25

- James Reimer was named the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale Star of the Month for December. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We would like to congratulate James Reimer on being our @AubergeBeach Star of the Month for the month of December! pic.twitter.com/9E3tPvMEAI

- Join us for Black Heritage Night on Feb. 22 as we celebrate the contributions of Willie O' Ree and many others. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: 60 years ago today, Willie O���Ree took to the ice as the first black @NHL player. Join us as we celebrate his contributions & those of many others at our Black Heritage Night on 2/22. More on this #HockeyIsForEveryone Event �� https://t.co/stmFU4Zm72 pic.twitter.com/wjm9ndtihc

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