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Rats Roundup: Rookie Tournament, Hitting the Links

by Peter Rossi /

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

As you get your holiday weekend plans in order, take some time to check out all things Panthers from what was an active week for your favorite Cats.

Prospect Tournament

The Panthers prospects will participate in a four-team prospect tournament hosted by the Washington Capitals, featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators from Sept. 9-12 at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

Florida will have 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders participating in the tournament including: 2017 first round pick Owen Tippett, 2015 third round pick Samuel Montembeault, 2014 second round pick Jayce Hawryluk and 2013 second round pick Ian McCoshen .

Click HERE to download the roster and for full details and the schedule of games click HERE

The tournament will be free and open to the public. Panthers fans head to Estero to see the future Cats in the pipeline!

Bo's Buster Challenge

This Thursday, the Florida Panthers Foundation took part in the 8th Annual Bokampers' Ball Buster Challenge. Stanley C. Panther and the ROAR Corps made appearances and over 140 golfers participated.

The Florida Panthers Foundation was the organization of choice to benefit from proceeds collected from the tournament.

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We're out on the course with @Bokampers today to benefit the #FlaPanthers Foundation! �����

Trip of a Lifetime

The Florida Jr. Panthers took a page out of the big club's playbook this past weekend, traveling to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. to compete in the "Battle on the Hudson" youth hockey tournament from Aug. 25-27.

The Jr. Panthers sent four teams participate in this year's tournament -- 12U, 14U, 14UAA and 16UAA -- and competed against teams from the Jr. Islanders and other local youth hockey programs.

Tweet from @Leadership_Trng: @FJPhockey 14U on top of Torne Mountain! #leadership @FlaPanthers @PanthersIceDen

In addition to the on-ice action, the Jr. Panthers were also able to experience numerous facets of cadet life during their visit, including collaborative team-bonding and leadership exercises under the guidance of Florida's Executive Director of Leadership & Cultural Development, JB Spisso.

Follow the Florida Jr. Panthers @FJPhockey.

Quick Hitters

-The Panthers hosted a food packing event in conjunction with Harvest Drive at BB&T Center. Click HERE for the full recap.

-This week, the Panthers made executive level promotions throughout the company, including our sales and ticketing operations departments.

-The Cats have signed Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk to professional tryouts. 

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