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Rats Roundup: Boyle Becomes A Panther; 'Pucks & Pints' Beerfest Returns

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

Brian Boyle signed with the Panthers, the return of 'Pucks & Pints' Beerfest was announced and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

On the Road Again

The Cats kicked off a four game road trip last night, gaining a point in a shootout loss to the Flames. Read Jameson Olive's 5 Takeaways HERE. By tallying four assists in the game, Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov passed Scott Mellanby to gain sole possession of fourth all-time in franchise points!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersPR: With a four-point game tonight (0-4-4) against CGY, Aleksander Barkov (357) surpassed Scott Mellanby (354) for sole possession of fourth in franchise history for points. pic.twitter.com/wzHo590H9J

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad also reached a milestone in the game, skating in his 400th career game.

Tweet from @FlaPanthersPR: #FlaPanthers @Ekblad5FLA is playing in his 400th NHL game tonight. Ekblad was drafted first overall by FLA in 2014. pic.twitter.com/oCYVYzBPf6

The team is back in action for an afternoon matchup against the Oilers on Sunday at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com for the game preview, highlights & more! 

Before they left South Florida, Panthers Digital Host Katie Gaus spoke with a few players about their go-to ways of keeping busy on long road trips in the first installment of "Packing with the Panthers."

Video: Packing with the Panthers 10/23/19

Welcome the Panthers Territory

Last Sunday, the Cats and forward Brian Boyle agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract. The 34-year-old veteran appeared in 47 games with the New Jersey Devils (13-6-19) and 26 games with the Nashville Predators (5-0-5) recording a combined 24 points (18-6-24) over 73 games played. In the postseason with the Predators, Boyle registered two assists over three games.

What Boyle brings to the lineup for the Panthers is not only size, with a 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame, but also a wealth of regular season and postseason experience.

The native of Hingham, Mass. has played in over 767 career NHL games for the Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Boyle has suited up for 114 playoff games on top of that, reaching the Stanley Cup Final twice in 2015 (NY Rangers) and 2015 (Tampa Bay), both times playing alongside new teammate Anton Stralman.

Boyle received the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication following his return to hockey after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

According to his teammates and Coach Quenneville, Boyle's presence can already be felt in the locker room and on the bench during games.

Following his first game as a Cat, a 4-2 win over the Penguins on Tuesday, Coach Q commented that, "Right away, you could feel him as part of the team, being one of the guys and adapting to the way we want to play."

To hear more on Boyle's thoughts about choosing the Cats and more, check out the latest episode of Territory Talk below! Check out old episode and subscribe to the podcast by visiting FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk.

Luongo Honored

On Tuesday, the Panthers announced that Roberto Luongo will be inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports Development Office on Tuesday, Oct. 29 along with five other local inductees.

The Broward County Sports Hall of Fame honors and recognizes Broward County residents that have set the standard of excellence and positively affected our county through sports and athletic involvement. To read more about Luongo's career accomplishments, click HERE.

Also, get your tickets HERE to the March 7th game where the Cats will retire Luongo's no. 1 to the rafters.

Raise Your Glasses

Feeling thirsty?

The Cats announced on Wednesday that 'Pucks & Pints' Beerfest will be making its return to BB&T Center on Nov. 30 when the Panthers host the Predators.

Presented by Funky Buddha Brewery, the biannual event will feature beer samplings from a variety of local breweries such as Barrel of Monks, Broski Ciderworks, Concrete Beach Brewery, Copperpoint Brewing Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, Lagunitas, LauderAle, M.I.A. Beer Company, Cigar City and more.

There will also be live music, giveaways and more!

And as usual, we have a variety of ways to enjoy this event, but you must be 21 and older to attend.

Three ticket options are available for fans to purchase:

- VIP Entry is available for $115 which includes a club endzone ticket to the game, early access into the beer garden at 3 p.m., parking, $20 loaded ticket for food and beverage and more.

- General Admission is available for $65 for an upper level ticket to the game, access to beer garden at 4 p.m. and parking. Both ticket options include a 4oz sampling mug.

- Students aged 21 and over can purchase a Student Rush option for $35 which includes a student rush ticket to the game, access to beer garden starting at 4 p.m. and 4oz sampling mug.

As a perk, season ticket holders will have a $25 presale option until Nov. 29, 2019. This ticket includes early access to the event starting at 3 p.m.

General admission to the event will begin at 4 p.m., located at the Xicar Lounge "Beer Garden" and the food court in section 130. To purchase tickets click HERE or visit FloridaPanthers.com/FoundationEvents.

Quick Hitters

- Defenseman Riley Stillman was recalled from Springfield (AHL).

- Sergei Bobrovsky payed up for his jersey number and brought Frank Vatrano burgers, wine, and a Rolex.

- The first episode of Panthers in Paradise premiered, focusing on Doug Plagens making pizzas at Piazza Italia!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Watch the first episode of Panthers in Paradise, a video series put together by @visitlauderdale, as @DougPlagens takes on an Italian pizza making experience at Piazza Italia on Las Olas! ������ pic.twitter.com/5Zmj4IMUs0

The Cats acquired forward Aleksi Saarela from the Chicago Blackhawks.

- NHL.com players poll: Barkov of Panthers most underrated.

- We wished the Miami Heat good luck as they kicked off their season Wednesday night.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Good luck to the @MiamiHEAT this season! 👊🏀 #OneTerritory pic.twitter.com/ilrwDEyGTo

- 'Ice & Dice' is right around the corner so get your tickets now!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We���re only 2������ weeks away from #FlaPanthers ���Ice & Dice��� Casino Night! Get your tickets now to enjoy a night of casino games and more. 🎟 �� https://t.co/sHTz3spUPU pic.twitter.com/LV7sToZrku

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