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Rats Roundup: Florida Panthers Go Purple for Cures

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning Panthers fans and welcome to the latest Rats Roundup! Catch up on all things Panthers from this week, including kicking off our Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives.

Sit back, relax, and kick off your weekend with a little Cats news.

Hockey Fights Cancer

On Saturday, November 4th the Panthers will host their 'Hockey Fights Cancer Night' at BB&T Center when they take on the New York Rangers at 7 p.m.

Hockey Fights Cancer Night will kick off with the Viktor E. Dash 5k Race and the Peggy Ziady Memorial One Mile Walk/Run at BB&T Center where fans can sign up to help support the National Hockey League's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. The race captain for the Viktor E. Dash is Dr. Laura Freedman, a radiation oncologist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach.

Those interested can click HERE or visit www.active.com to register or to find out more information.

Earlier this week, Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk and Alex Petrovic visited Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Video: Sylvester Comprehensive Research Center

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: .@AP3392 and @mpysyk03 visited @SylvesterCancer today to #UniteForCures pic.twitter.com/LNSshTDFWs

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: .@AP3392, @mpysyk03 & @StanleyCPanther made some new friends today @SylvesterCancer! �� #UniteForCures pic.twitter.com/l967tUBywL

Fans are encouraged to wear purple on Nov. 4 and create and share digital cards to show their support: http://www.thebbtcenterfanzone.com/hfc. The first 10,000 fans also will receive a t-shirt at the door, courtesy of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tickets for Hockey Fights Cancer night can be purchased by clicking HERE. The first 10,000 in the building will receive a T-shirt from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Panthers players will wear purple Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys on Nov. 4. Select jerseys will be available online at auctions.nhl.com as well as outside of Club Lexus at BB&T Center during Saturday's game. The Panthers will also be selling Hockey Fights Cancer pins in Pantherland for $10 with all proceeds benefitting the Florida Panthers Foundation.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Cats fans! These one-of-a-kind #FlaPanthers Hockey Fights Cancer pins will be available in Pantherland for $10 starting tonight! �� pic.twitter.com/ch3CkG6PKP

Yandle's head start on Hockey Fights Cancer

Keith Yandle has partnered with CCM to help spread breast cancer awareness in a unique way.

Yandle has been using a bright rose-gold stick, crafted specially for the defenseman by CCM, in every game since the Florida Panthers visited Pittsburgh on Oct. 14.

"CCM and myself wanted to do something for breast cancer awareness," said Yandle, who is in his second season with the Panthers. "I just kind of wanted to show my support and do anything I can to help raise awareness. It's an honor for me to use it. They did a great job with this stick, making it nice."

Inside the Panthers: Bob Boughner

Tune in Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. on FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Florida Panthers, as we get set to premiere an all-new episode of "Inside the Panthers" upon conclusion of the Panthers vs. New York Rangers game. "Inside the Panthers: Bob Boughner" shines a spotlight on Florida's new Head Coach in the midst of his first season leading the Cats.

For a full replay schedule of the episode, click HERE.

Gildon's strong start

Panthers third-round pick in this year's NHL draft, defenseman Max Gildon has been one of college hockey's most impressive defenseman through the first month of the 2017-18 season. His showing has led to national attention for the offensive side of his game he has brought to the University of New Hampshire's blue line. 

Tweet from @UNHMHOCKEY: Couple of 'Cats bringing in #HEA monthly awards after our �� startGildon - Rookie OTMTirone - Goalie OTM��: https://t.co/53Dy6DQ5Fg pic.twitter.com/2Nzteb6lyA

Gildon sat down with FloridaPanthers.com to talk about his success so far this season. For a full recap of the interview, click HERE.

Don't forget to catch up on all our prospects in the latest prospect report HERE.

Quick Hitters

- Alex Petrovic and the Panthers provided a special night for the Nova Cool Cats. Click HERE for a full recap. 

Video: Petrovic drops puck, meets Nova Cool Cats

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