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Summer Plans: MacKenzie Weegar

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Welcome to the brand new series "Summer Plans," where your favorite Florida Panthers players share what they'll be up to in the months before the 2019-20 season.

This week's Panther: MacKenzie Weegar

Q: How much time do you plan to take off before getting back to work this summer?

WEEGAR: I usually jump back into it pretty quick. I don't like taking too much time off. But I think this year my body's a little bit banged up, so I'll probably have to take a little bit more time.

Q: What's your offseason training regime like? How does it progress over time?

WEEGAR: It all comes full circle pretty quick. You get back into the gym, then hit the ice, then all of the sudden you're back in South Florida for training camp. All of those things tend to happen pretty quick, which is good. It should be a good summer. I'm looking forward to getting back.

Q: Do you plan to train with any other current or former NHL players?

WEEGAR: I train with [Carolina Hurricanes defenseman] Calvin de Haan. We're both from the Ottawa area. He's the only guy in the NHL that's in my group, but there's also some guys from Europe. We're pretty close. He's still in the playoffs right now, so I'm looking forward to watching him go on a run. Hopefully he brings a Cup back to the people of Ottawa.

Q: Does training with another NHL player like de Haan push you to work harder?

WEEGAR: Definitely. He's been in the league a little bit longer than me, so I kind of look up to him. I sort of just follow him. We push each other in the gym. We're pretty similar with that kind of stuff. He's fun to work out with. He pushes me hard. He's a great guy.

Q: Is there one moment that really sticks out for you from this past season?

WEEGAR: It feels like forever since we were in Finland, but that was a great experience. It was nice to see Barky [Aleksander Barkov] in that element. Then seeing him break the franchise points record in the final game of the season was also really special moment for all of us. 

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Q: You've spent a lot of time with the guys in that locker room this season. Which one of your Panthers teammates do you think you're going to miss seeing the most on a regular basis throughout the summer?

WEEGAR: A lot of them. I'm pretty close with Brownie [Josh Brown], [Ian] McCoshen and Huntsy [Dryden Hunt] from playing in Springfield, but I think it's all the guys. Yands [Keith Yandle], Eky [Aaron Ekblad], Troch [Vincent Trocheck], we're all so close. We'll keep in touch over the summer and then get right back at it.

Q: What's the biggest non-hockey event currently on your schedule this summer?

WEEGAR: There's a few weddings that I'm looking forward to. Those will be fun and a great chance to see some of the guys again. Other than that, I'll just be working on my golf game. I know we're swinging them earlier than we'd like this summer, but hopefully for the last time.

Q: Is there any major differences between a hockey player's wedding and a regular wedding?

WEEGAR: I've honestly only ever been to one wedding, and it was my cousin's wedding. I'm really looking forward to going to some of my teammate's weddings because I've never been to a non-family one. I'm sure it'll be a great time with a lot of wild moments for us.

Q: The summer is usually when the some of the biggest concerts happen and the most highly-anticipated movies are released. Do you have anything like that circled on your calendar right now?

WEEGAR: No movies or concerts, but I'm really excited for the final season of Game of Thrones. I'll be watching that with the family every Sunday.

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