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Rats Roundup: Mini 1-on-1, Military Appreciation

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

The Cats are sending the Mini 1-on-1 champs to All-Star, Military Appreciation Night is right around the corner and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Mini 1-on-1

For the second year, the Panthers hosted a Mini 1-on-1 tournament at BB&T Center.

Mini 1-on-1 is an NHL-sponsored shootout for kids 10 and under that is held during the NHL All-Star Weekend, and each year clubs from around the league host their own tournament to decide who will represent them at the final competition.

Each duo had an opportunity to go head-to-head against one another and show off their best shootout moves & shootout saves, with the top pair securing a trip to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California.

Click HERE for a full recap of the tournament! 

Video: 2019 Mini 1-on-1 Tournament

Military Appreciation Night

On January 18, the Cats will host their annual Military Appreciation Night when taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.

First 10,000 fans in the building will receive an exclusive Flashback Friday snap bracelet. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Join us on Jan. 18 for Military Appreciation Night as the Cats host the Toronto Maple Leafs. �� https://t.co/zIdhq6XKJQ pic.twitter.com/6rSfnIxdsv

Fans will also have the opportunity to bid on exclusive warmup-worn military jerseys at an in-game auction (Jonathan Huberdeau, Roberto Luongo, Aleksander Barkov) and in-game raffle (Stanley C. Panther, Frank Vatrano, MacKenzie Weegar) as well as bid online HERE

Click HERE for tickets! 

Pride Night

The Florida Panthers will hold Pride Night on Friday, Feb. 1 when the Nashville Predators are in town at BB&T Center at 7 pm. The fourth-annual pride event will welcome South Florida native Jazz Jennings for a ceremonial puck drop.

Star of "I Am Jazz" on TLC, Jennings is a LGBTQ+ activist, an American YouTuber, spokesmodel and television personality. Fans can purchase a Pride Night ticket package by clicking HERE. Only fans who purchase through this link, will receive a special experience that includes a meet and greet and autograph opportunity with Jennings and an exclusive pride sweatband set. 

Click HERE for full info! 

McCoshen Ready to Prove Himself

On Monday, the Cats recalled defenseman Ian McCoshen from the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Looking to add some physicality to the blueline, Bob Boughner said that when talking to Springfield head coach Geordie Kinnear, the decision to bring up McCoshen was the logical one.

"Talking to Geordie the other day and asking who's playing the best down there right now as a defensive-defenseman that's defending the best and McCoshen's name came up right away," Boughner said after Tuesday's morning skate.

Click HERE for McCoshen's thoughts on the call up and what he hopes to bring to the table.

Quick Hitters

- The 2019 All-Star Game jerseys have been released! 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: From threat to thread. 🌊 Introducing the 2019 #NHLAllStar Jerseys from @adidashockey & @parleyxxx!@NHL #adizero #adidasParley pic.twitter.com/GlW0UKqYol

- The Cats gave an update on Nick Bjugstad in the latest practice notebook. 

- Aleksi Heponiemi won gold with Team Finland at the 2019 World Junior Championship! 

- Enter our exclusive Funky Buddha contest and win some great prizes! 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: You can win big with @funkybuddhabrew and the #FlaPanthers!Enter now �� https://t.co/yvPSW7uk7o pic.twitter.com/vyQymo5gXy

- Vincent Trocheck surprised fans at our watch party in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday! 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Looks like we have a special guest hanging out at tonight���s @Bokampers Watch Party in FTL! pic.twitter.com/ZwnCPXT9r1

- The Panthers partnered with Harvest Drive and Boys and Girls Club of Broward County to pack and deliver meals to families over the holiday. 

- Join us in Downtown Himmarshee Village on Jan. 11 from 4-8 p.m. for a Panthers Happy Hour Takeover and stay to watch the Cats take on the Calgary Flames at 9 p.m.! 

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