Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!
Jonathan Huberdeau is off to St. Louis for the All-Star Game, Pride Night is returning to BB&T Center and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!
Huby to St. Louis
Jonathan Huberdeau is off to St. Louis this week to take part in his first NHL All-Star Game. Currently standing as one of the most prominent players the Cats have had this season, Huberdeau leads the team in assists (47), points (65), power-play points (24) and multi-point games (19). He also ranked second in goals (18).
Those marks were the catalyst for Huberdeau to be nominated to represent the Panthers and Atlantic Division at the All-Star Game this season.
"It's going to be fun," Huberdeau recently told FloridaPanthers.com. "It's my first experience there, so I'm going to try and enjoy it as much as I can. Obviously, to be with the other guys on the other teams and having a chance to talk to them is going to fun. I'm looking forward to it."
The star-studded event will get underway on Friday, Jan. 24 with the Skills Competition, which can be viewed on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Huberdeau will take part in the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition, going up against players such as Nico Hischier of the New Jersey Devils, Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and more! Check out Huberdeau's reaction to arriving in St. Louis yesterday below!
Video: 2020 All-Star Media Day: Jonathan Huberdeau
Then, the All-Star Game itself will be held on Saturday, Jan.25. on NBC, with the matchups as follows:
• Semifinal Game 1: Metropolitan vs. Atlantic, 8:15 p.m. ET
• Semifinal Game 2: Pacific vs. Central, 9:15 p.m. ET
• Final Game: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10:15 p.m. ET
For a full preview of what Huberdeau expects from this weekend's festivities, click HERE.
Stay tuned to @FlaPanthers on Twitter and FloridaPanthers.com for updates on Huberdeau's all-star experience.
As a bonus, we also delved deep into the Panthers Archives for a look back at the first-ever Panthers to suit up in the NHL All-Star game.
Show Your Pride
On Feb. 8, the Panthers will once again host their annual Pride Night at BB&T Center when the Pittsburgh Penguins are in town at 7 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis will be in attendance for a ceremonial puck drop, and players will use rainbow pride tape during warmups. Also, fans can purchase mystery signed Pride pucks at the Florida Panthers foundation table outside of Club Lexus.
The night will kick off with a party in the Coors Light Cold Zone with a live band and the South Florida Gay Men's Chorus will perform the National Anthem.
But that's not all!
This game will also feature the return of Territory Takeover Saturdays for the first time of 2020. The cities of Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors will be celebrated, so fans who have a valid resident ID will receive special pricing at all Coca-Cola and participating concession stands as well as special pricing at the Coors Light Cold Zone for those 21+ with ID.
Fans can purchase a Pride Night ticket package by clicking here. Those fans who purchase through this link will receive an exclusive Panthers pride towel. Season Ticket Holders can add on to receive the pride towel by clicking HERE.
Single game tickets can also be purchased HERE.
Breaking Into Sports
Are you a current college student or recent graduate and want to learn more about what it takes to get a job in the sports world?
Then look no further than the 'Breaking Into Sports' networking event held by the Panthers Student Rush program.
This year's event will be held before the game on Feb. 8, where students can learn how to build a resume and LinkedIn profile, the best ways to market yourself in the job market, how to stand out among the crowd in a competitive field and more!
Once the networking portion is done, all those in attendance can enjoy a pregame hangout at "The Library", the exclusive rooftop lounge at BB&T Center before watching the Cats in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Head to FloridaPanthers.com/Student Rush for all the info and to sign up into our Student Rush program!
Click HERE for tickets to the 'Breaking Into Sports' event.
On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive looked back at Florida's six-game winning streak heading into the NHL All-Star Break, including the club's recent 3-0-0 road trip.
From the legend of "Mark Prius" to the arrival of the "Bean Bag Boys," players have certainly been having a lot of fun while tightening their grip on a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Plus, Panthers coach Joel Quenneville's triumphant return to Chicago was also discussed, as well as some storylines to keep an eye on as the Panthers prepare to make a big push towards the postseason in the second half. Listen below and visit FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk to catch past episodes.
- Nominate the person you think is the biggest Panthers fan in the Upper Deck My MVP Contest today!
- The Cats got a big win in Joel Quenneville's return to Chicago. Click HERE for 5 Takeaways.
- Riley Stillman and Sam Montembeault Loaned to Springfield (AHL).
- Noel Acciari's late-game heroics helped the Panthers notch their first regulation win ever in Minnesota. Click HERE for the recap.
- These Cats are looking very well dressed.
- Looking to plan out your Valentine's Day early? Let us help with that!
- Vincent Trocheck was mic'd up during the game on Jan. 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Video: Mic'd Up: Vincent Trocheck