Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup! The Cats unveiled the 'Panthers Archives Virtual Vault', the LATAM Cup is coming to the Florida Panthers IceDen, and much more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!
WE ARE ONE TERRITORY
Following the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, the Florida Panthers partnered with UNICEF USA to raise money for relief efforts in the islands. Hurricane Dorian made landfall over the northwest Bahamas on Sept. 1 as the strongest hurricane in Bahamas history. Storm surge and rainfall caused overwhelming flooding, destroying homes and killing at least seven people.
A UNICEF team has been dispatched to rapidly assess humanitarian needs in the Bahamas, and to support an estimated 17,000 children and their families who have been impacted.
"We are heartbroken over what has happened to our neighbors in the Bahamas and encourage our fans and members of the South Florida community to donate in support of these relief efforts," said Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "This is a critical time and every donation makes a difference."
Fans and members of the community who wish to support these efforts can donate by clicking HERE.
STEP BACK IN TIME
On Wednesday, the Panthers revealed an exciting new partnership with Heritage Werks, a specialized agency that details the historic components for brands through curating narratives and team-oriented content.
Through this partnership, Heritage Werks will collect and digitize Panthers items to tell the stories of Panthers history. Fans are now able to view and explore a free, digital 'Panthers Archives Virtual Vault' including items such as game-worn equipment, giveaways, memorabilia, ticket stubs, paintings, photos, bobbleheads and more.
Video: Panthers Archives: Heritage Werks
The vault will look back at the club's past, but will also continue to add new exhibits focusing on key historical moments and memories.
"We're thrilled to partner with Heritage Werks to launch the Florida Panthers 'Virtual Vault'," said Panthers President and CEO Matthew Caldwell. "We're excited to give Panthers fans the chance to explore Panthers history through this digital museum and continue to view moments and memorabilia throughout the years."
Fans can explore the online archives by clicking HERE.
NOT SO WEIRD FLEX
Take a ride with Florida Panthers beat writer Jameson Olive as he explores the Flex Plan options the team offers!
To follow along with Jameson and 'Olive' his decisions, click HERE.
Starting this weekend, the Florida Panthers IceDen will hold the Amerigol Miami International Hockey Association 2019 LATAM Cup. The tournament will run from Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
Eight national hockey teams in four divisions (Men's DI, DII, Women and Youth U16) including Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile, Jamaica, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico (B) and Venezuela will be represented in this event, with all games being three 14-minute periods with an ice cut in between contests.
Video: Amerigol Miami Intl. Hockey Association LATAM Cup
This tournament highlights the mission of the Amerigol Miami International Hockey Association, which is to provide players in Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to showcase their talent and raise awareness of hockey in their countries, while at the same time growing hockey within these same communities in South Florida.
All games are free and open to the public, so bring the whole family to the Panthers IceDen this weekend! Check out the schedule HERE.
ICE, ICE, BABY
The BB&T Center got a cool makeover last week! Check out how the crew prepped the ice for the upcoming hockey season.
CATS 2019-2020 DRIVES
For this season, the Panthers will host four different community drives benefiting the Harvest Drive, the Salvation Army of Broward County, Caravan of Joy, and the Children's Services Council of Broward County. Fans can participate in these drives throughout the season to benefit the South Florida community.
Collections for each drive will begin two hours prior to puck drop on the JetBlue Tarmac.
To see the full schedule of drives, click HERE.
PANTHERS SUMMER REWIND
George Richards from The Athletic sat down with Doug and Jameson and talked everything Panthers on this week's Territory Talk. From breakout candidates to Roberto Luongo's retirement, the longtime insider discussed his thoughts on Florida's huge summer and overall hype heading into the 2019-20 season.
- FOX Sports Florida officially announced their TV schedule for the Cats' 19-20 season! Check it out and tune in!
- Huby is picture perfect in Chicago for the 2019 NHL Player Media Tour!
- Calling all Season Ticket Holders! You have the chance to purchase your Ice & Dice early! Click here for more information.
- Florida Panthers Radio Broadcaster Doug Plagens joined the Junior Achievement of South Florida to whip up some yummy treats with Chef Michelle Bernstein!
- It's time to go back to school! Enter to win a cool Cat's swag pack, two student rush tickets to the home opener, two tickets to see Post Malone later this month, and more! Click here for details!
- Happy Birthday, Cap!
- Forward Troy Brouwer earned a chance to try out at this year's training camp!
- Sceviour: 'There's excitement to get the season going'
- Florida Panthers Announce 2019-20 Rookie Camp Roster and Schedule
- Connolly says joining Panthers as free agent 'no-brainer'