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Rats Roundup: HockeyFest, Summer Reading Tour

by Peter Rossi /

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

HockeyFest is back at the Panthers IceDen, Summer Reading Tour is kicking back up and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!


Looking for some new gear for when you lace 'em up at the rink? Look no further than HockeyFest!

On Saturday, June 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Panthers IceDen will host HockeyFest, an interactive experience for hockey players and fans to demo the latest and greatest in hockey equipment.

Bauer, CCM, Warrior and more will be in attendance for fans to take part in exclusive demo opportunities. But that's not all!

Outside the Panthers IceDen, there will be activities such as: street hockey, vendors, music, inflatables, food trucks, and a video game truck. Public skating will also be available from 1-3 p.m. for $8.50 admission and $4 skate rental.

Select special Panthers guests and broadcasters will be in attendance for autograph and photo opportunities throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Hockeyfest returns to the @PanthersIceDen this Saturday! See you there ��

Back On Tour

Once again, the Cats have teamed up with Broward County Libraries for the second annual Summer Reading Tour. The tour, included as part of the Libraries' Summer Learning Program, will have its first date on Thursday, June 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library of Broward County.

Fans will remember that last summer the Panthers visited 11 libraries in Broward county with various guest readers including Roberto Luongo, Aaron Ekblad, Panthers Alumni Bill Lindsay and more.

The same can be said for this year, as various Panthers players and personalities will once again be at various stops along the tour. Fans can visit for more information and a full schedule of the reading tour.

BONUS: Click HERE to download a special Stanley C. Panther bookmark!

Gold Medal Status

On May 18, Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson and U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medalist Emily Pfalzer served as guest instructors at the inaugural Girls Learn to Play sessions at both the Panthers IceDen and Palm Beach Skate Zone.

"It was so exciting to see people recognize women's hockey and just how many moms came up to us and said, 'My daughter wants to play now after the saw that game,'" Pfalzer said. "I think that's what we really hope for. We want these little girls to be able to play professional hockey and have that dream… My teammates and I are hoping that they'll want to be like us someday."

To read more on the day, click HERE and be sure to check out all the info on the Panthers various hockey programs at

Video: Girls Learn to Play Program ft. Matheson & Pfalzer

Trocheck Joins Territory Talk

Take a listen to this week's latest episode of Territory Talk as Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive recapped the Panthers' showing at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Also, Vincent Trocheck stopped by to chat about his 2018-19 season, overcoming injuries and more! As always, be sure to check out for past episodes!

Quick Hitters

- ROAR Corps auditions are almost here. RSVP today!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: #FlaPanthers @ROARCorps auditions are almost here! Learn more ��

- Panthers players shared their dream summer concert headliner. 

Video: Cats Talk Summer Concerts

- The Panthers agreed to terms with forward Rodrigo Abols on a two-year, entry-level contract.

- 2018-19 Season Rewind: Jayce Hawryluk

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Jayce Hawryluk

- 2018-19 Season Rewind: MacKenzie Weegar.

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Mackenzie Weegar

- The Florida Panthers Foundation teamed up with the YMCA of South Florida to provide Water Watcher tags to promote safety and awareness around bodies of water. Click HERE for the full story.

Video: Panthers Community Champions: YMCA of South Florida

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