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Marlins players drop the puck

LAK@FLA: Marlins players drop the ceremonial puck

Florida Marlins players Dee Gordon, J.T. Realmuto, Derek Dietrich and Tom Koehler help drop the ceremonial puck on Marlins Night at BB&T Center

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The weekend is finally here, so kick your feet up, blast some music at your cubicle and take a break to enjoy the best from a long week in Cats content.

Speaking of internet content, Panthers Head Equipment Manager Teddy Richards produced a bit of it this week when he took to reddit for an AMA.


Tweet from @FlaPanthers: AMA time with Head Equipment Manager Teddy Richards! ��

Richards took questions from the users of /r/hockey for about 90 minutes on Monday, with questions ranging from how to keep equipment from smelling to player superstitions. The takeaways? Mark Pysyk is a bit of a prankster (and low-maintenance with his equipment), NHL players typically get new skates every month, and pineapple does belong on pizza.

If you've got time, the whole thread is worth a read. Otherwise, we've got the highlights here

Fish & Cats!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: .@FlashGJr + Cap Mac ��

The Panthers had some special guests on hand last night - four of South Florida's other favorite professional athletes. Marlins players Dee Gordon, Tom Koehler, JT Realmuto and Derek Dietrich took in the game and did a quick meet-and-greet session with the fans ahead of the Marlins' Fan Fest this weekend.

The four players were on hand for a ceremonial puck drop, with catcher Realmuto doing the honors.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Scouts have @JTRealmuto's puck drop tool as an 80. ������Thanks for hanging out tonight, @Marlins! �� 

Realmuto is usually on the other end of strikes like that. Flawless puck drop.

The Marlins social media team threw together a highlight video of their trip, and it's worth checking out. 

Tweet from @Marlins: Last night, we kicked off our #MarlinsFanFest Weekend with a visit to the @FlaPanthers for Marlins Night.

Ready to Rumble

The Marlins weren't the only special guests at last night's game.

Professional wrestling legends Tommy Dreamer, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Jay Reso (formerly known as Christian) stopped by for a night of fun.

Video: WWE star Christian joins NHL Tonight

Tweet from @Christian4Peeps: Tonight! This will b fun! ..Unfortunately I won't be playing in game as I had hoped. I slept in & missed team meeting. Sorry guys team rules

Tweet from @THETOMMYDREAMER: I got kicked out of the penalty box so CANADIAN @Christian4Peeps can talk @FlaPanthers on @NHLNetworkI'm gonna get EXTREME on him tonight

Tweet from @THETOMMYDREAMER: WRESTLING NIGHT was a huge success.Thanks to all the wrestling fans that came out.Thank you @FlaPanthers Amazing 1st class organization

Cats Contests

We've got two great contests running for people who love watching sports. Seeing as you're reading this right now, odds are that you fall into that category.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Feb. 26 is @StanleyCPanther's birthday! Wish him a #HBDStanley and you could win 4 tix from @CocaCola ��

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We're teaming up with the @DelrayBeachOpen and @milosraonic for a VIP experience! ����Details ����

South Florida's own Milos Raonic is the fourth-ranked tennis player in the world, so a VIP experience at the Delray Beach Open sounds pretty great. But that's only half of the Double Win package - you'll also get to take in a Cats game.

And Stanley C. Panther is one lovable cat. Click the link and wish him a happy birthday. Not only is it a nice thing to do, but you could also score some free Panthers tickets.

Quick Hitters

Jameson Olive's feature on Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen, who is thriving in Springfield. (Plus, this week's full prospect report.

The Florida Panthers Foundation raised over $150,000 at this year's Cats & Cocktails Event 

Come on out to tomorrow's Bokamper's watch party in Plantation! 

Take a Heart Healthy Selfie this month for Cleveland Clinic! 

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