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Rats Roundup: Homestand Ends, Huby's a Star

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

Pucks and Pints Beerfest is here, Vinny Trocheck is on the road to recovery and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Pucks and Pints Beerfest

The Panthers will host their second-annual "Pucks & Pints" Beerfest on Saturday prior to their matchup against the New York Rangers. Presented by Funky Buddha Brewery, the event will feature live music and beer sampling from participating breweries, including: Barrel of Monks, Concrete Beach Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, Lagunitas and more.

Fans must be 21 and older to attend the Beerfest.

There are several ticket options available for the event, with all of them coming with a special 4oz "Pucks & Pints" exclusive sampling cup. VIP Entry is available for $115 and includes a Club Endzone ticket, early access to the event and $20.00 for food and beverage during the game.

For $65, fans will receive admission to the Beerfest and an Upper Endzone ticket. For season ticket holders, an option to gain access to the event is available upon request. "Pucks & Pints" begins at 4 p.m., while those who purchased VIP packages will be allowed in starting at 3 p.m.

To purchase your tickets, please click HERE or visit FloridaPanthers.com/FoundationEvents.

Trocheck's Road to Recovery

Vincent Trocheck took to his latest player blog to detail his recovery following an ankle injury against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 19.

"Since undergoing surgery, I've continued to get better, and now I feel like I could be there on the ice right now if this stupid cast wasn't on. Right now, it's just a matter of the docs doing their job and letting me know when I'm ready to step back in and, hopefully, try to take over a game."

To read the full installment, click HERE.

Huberdeau Making Waves

On Monday, Jonathan Huberdeau was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the weekend ending Dec. 2, in which he garnered nine points (2-7-9) in four games.

Video: Scheifele, Hill, Huberdeau named 3 Stars of the Week

During the homestand, Huberdeau also passed Nathan Horton for fourth all-time on the Panthers franchise points list. To keep up to date on Huberdeau's race up the historical charts for the Cats, head HERE.

STEM Education

On Wednesday, 4,500 South Florida Elementary & Middle School students who participate in the Everfi Future Goals program were invited to watch a Florida Panthers practice at BB&T Center courtesy of JetBlue. Prior to the practice, students heard from a panel including Panthers and BB&T Center staff as well as a JetBlue pilot to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) jobs in the sports industry.

The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association partnered to launch the Future Goals program which is an initiative that provides students with STEM education. Everfi's Hockey Scholar course is a computer program that teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the sport of hockey and real-life applications.

Needless to say, it was a big hit with both the students and players.

Tweet from @FutureGoalsSTEM: This is what 4,000 @FlaPanthers #HockeyScholars looks like - learning all about #STEM in hockey! 🏒 pic.twitter.com/bS2xB5B2Mq

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Pucks for the kiddos pic.twitter.com/PFQgrccGOS

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Stick salutes for the kids pic.twitter.com/yp6bZqHn8o

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: A lot of smiles from our @FutureGoalsSTEM students as they watched practice, courtesy of @JetBlue! pic.twitter.com/NRXwKoEOUF

Quick Hitters

- The first installment of Tales from the Pressbox is here! Read all about Brian Biggane's memories of the rat craze.

- Keith Yandle sat down with Sports Illustrated to discuss what it takes to be an NHL ironman.

- MacKenzie Weegar remembers his Uncle Tim during Hockey Fights Cancer Month.

- The 2019 NHL All-Star fan vote is open now! Vote for your favorite Cats player to send them to the All-Star game in San Jose.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: #Vote4FlaPanthers to be Captain of the Atlantic at year's #NHLAllStar Game in San Jose! Vote up to 10 times a day until 12/23 �� https://t.co/1QuHalYa6R pic.twitter.com/UCkejpqS7d

- Join us for a Panthers takeover happy hour at Himmarshee Street in downtown Ft. Lauderdale tonight!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We're having a #FlaPanthers Happy Hour full of food, drinks & fun this Friday in Downtown @himmarshee!Come say hey �� https://t.co/SuLpyjDC3S pic.twitter.com/jmTYfQvqgU

- Jonathan Huberdeau stopped by the latest episode of Territory Talk to discuss his current hot streak, Huby Snacks and more! And as a bonus, Jessica Blaylock from FOX Sports joined the episode as well!

- The Abstract Athlete will be hosting an art exhibit at BB&T Center on Dec. 8!

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