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City Furniture is hosting a tailgate at BB&T Center, get your holiday shopping done in Pantherland and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!
Before the Panthers take on the Bruins on Saturday, Dec. 14, fans can head to BB&T Center early and enjoy a tailgate at the City Lounge presented by City Furniture at 4:30 p.m.
The lounge, situated on the patio outside section 105 on Plaza Level, is normally home to food, beverages and interactive games fans can enjoy before watching the Cats in action.
During the tailgate, fans will be provided with discount Miller Coors beer, Panthers swag, complimentary food and a chance to win either a signed Aleksander Barkov jersey or a $500 Gift Card to City Furniture for those that post on Twitter using the hashtags #OneTerritory and #CityFurniture. RSVP on Facebook to the tailgate HERE and to snag tickets to the game, click HERE.
Looking to get the Panthers fan in your life the perfect holiday gift?
Then Pantherland has all you could ask for! Recently FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive took a look at the top items in Pantherland that would make any Panthers fan's day. From holiday shirts to special brands only found in-store, there is something for every fan available.
Click HERE to see our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!
Additionally, Pantherland will be open from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 for fans who can't make it to Panthers home games but want to do some shopping.
In keeping with the Holiday spirit, fans can bid on player-autographed Panthers Holiday jerseys online HERE until Dec. 15. All proceeds will go to the Florida Panthers Foundation. Special mystery-signed holiday ornaments are also available outside Club Lexus at the Foundation table during Panthers games at BB&T Center.
Sharing a Passion for Hockey
On Dec. 1, the Panthers held a special practice at BB&T Center for the Panthers Special Hockey Team.
The team, created in a collaboration between the Panthers and the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), aims to bring the world of hockey and those with special abilities together in an effort to show that anyone can play the sport.
What made the first-ever practice for those on the team extra special was that Cats forward Frank Vatrano was in attendance to take them on a tour of the Panthers locker room and gym and answered any questions they had about what it takes to be an NHL player. To read more on this special day and the efforts of the ASHA, click HERE.
Video: Florida Panthers/ASHA Feature
The Panthers also assisted in the annual Thanksgiving tournament at BB&T Center, Panthers IceDen and Pines Ice Arena in November.
Youth hockey teams from Mexico, Russia, Slovakia, Canada and the United States all took part in the tournament. To read up on the journey of the Santa Fe Kings, Mexico's representative squad and who was playing in the tournament for the first time, click HERE.
Video: 2019 Thanksgiving Tournament
On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Jameson Olive and Doug Plagens took a look at how the Panthers have been performing during franchise-record, nine-game homestand, including some stellar games from goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Also, new Panthers forward Dominic Toninato was interviewed, with topics ranging from his time at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to his favorite nicknames and hopes for the road ahead.
Listen below and subscribe to the podcast at FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk.
Inside the Panthers Live
On Saturday, tune into FOX Sports Florida early to watch an all new Inside the Panthers Live: Hockey is for Everyone.
This episode features Panthers programs and initiatives the organization does to spread the game of hockey to the local community including Learn to Play, an all-new ThSpecial Hockey Team, a Warrior team and more exciting programs.
Immediately following the episode, hear from Panthers Alum Peter Worrell on the growth of youth hockey in South Florida, his new role as Hockey Director at the Panthers IceDen and how important these programs are.
- The World of Coca-Cola Polar Bear will be in attendance at the game on Dec. 14. He will be located at North Glass Elevators and walking around the plaza level for photo opportunities.
- Get your hands on an exclusive Panthers Cats & Dogs calendar at the Foundation table outside Club Lexus or in Pantherland while supplies last!
- Jonathan Huberdeau sat down for a rapid fire Q&A session with the NHLPA. https://twitter.com/NHLPA/status/1204155800123592713
- The Panthers are hosting a TeamWork Online Career fair on Monday, Dec. 16. Click HERE for tickets and all the info!
- Vote early and often to send the Panthers to the 2020 All-Star game in St. Louis.
- Looking to get into the festive mood? Visit our outdoor hockey holiday rink at Hoffman's Chocolates in Greenacres!
- The Panthers held a holiday Sip N' Stroll at BB&T Center in conjunction with The Abstract Athlete and Twenty6North Productions.
Video: Sip N' Stroll