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Panthers, UKG Collect Over 4,000 Items for Harvest Drive Florida

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Thanksgiving Donations

Thanksgiving Donations

Panthers Territory Members and employees sorted over 4,000 donated food items for Harvest Drive to benefit Broward County families

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SUNRISE, Fla. - While the exact start date of the upcoming NHL season remains a mystery, the Florida Panthers made sure that the season of giving began right on schedule last month.

In partnership with UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), the Panthers welcomed droves of generous fans to BB&T Center on a damp afternoon on Oct. 31 for a socially distant, drive-thru food drive to benefit Harvest Drive Florida's mission of supporting families in need throughout the holidays.

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10 Must-Have Merch Items on FLATeamShop.com

by FLA Team Shop LLC / @FlaTeamShop / FLATeamShop.com

With the launch of FLATeamShop LLC, Florida Panthers fans have an all-new, exclusive online store to visit when it comes to procuring the latest and greatest Panthers merchandise.

On FLATeamShop.com you can find one-of-a-kind items, jerseys and and even game-used equipment from Panthers All-Stars like Aleksander Barkov, Sergei Bobrovsky, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau.

So, if you're looking to treat yourself or even start holiday shopping for the Cats fans in your life, we've got you covered with these 10 exclusive must-have items.

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Territory Talk: Panthers 2020-21 Fantasy Outlook with Pete Jensen

by Jameson Olive & Doug Plagens / @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

It's never too early to start thinking about your fantasy team.

With the potential start date of the 2020-21 season on the horizon, NHL Senior Fantasy Editor Pete Jensen joins this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast to break down Florida's roster from a fantasy perspective. From superstars that can help you win your league to a few sleepers to keep an eye on in the later rounds of your draft, Jensen covers it all when it comes to the Cats.

Plus, co-hosts Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive take a look at the latest additions to the Panthers' loaded hockey operations department and the recent signing of a familiar face.

Highlights of the episode include:

• The Panthers make several additions to their hockey operations department. (1:20)

• NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor Pete Jensen joins the show! (6:30)

• Jensen shares his thoughts on a big bounce-back candidate for the Cats. (13:10)

• After spending time in Europe, Juho Lammikko is returning to the Panthers. (21:20)

• Register now for the "Sunrise Showdown" NHL 21 Online Tournament. (23:40)

If you'd like new episodes of the Territory Talk podcast delivered directly to your phone or inbox each week, visit FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk to subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Spotify.

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Florida Panthers Sign Forward Juho Lammikko to a One-Year Contract

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has signed forward Juho Lammikko to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lammikko, 24, appeared in 22 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2020-21, registering eight points (6-2-8). He spent the 2019-20 season with Kärpät (Liiga), ranking second on the club with 51 points (22-29-51) over 57 games.

The 6-foot-2, 191-pound native of Noormarkku, Finland made his National Hockey League debut in the 2018-19 season, playing in 40 regular season games with Florida and posting six assists.

He has played in 143 career American Hockey League (AHL) regular season games with the Springfield Thunderbirds (2016-17 to 2018-19) and Portland Pirates (2015-16), amassing 57 points (20-37-57).

Prior to his professional career, Lammikko played two seasons for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2014-15 to 2015-16, producing 99 points (40-59-99) over 123 games.

On the international stage, Lammikko won Gold Medals with Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Lammikko was originally selected by Florida in the third round (65th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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2020 NHL Draft Player Card: Ty Smilanic

by Katie Gaus / @katie_gaus / FloridaPanthers.com

Welcome to the new "Player Card" series at FloridaPanthers.com presented by Truist! In these articles, we'll break down both the basics and the beyond when it comes to some of your favorite Panthers players and prospects through their on-ice statistics, off-ice interests, and an informative Q&A session.

In today's card, we'll a look at Florida's 2020 third-round draft pick, Ty Smilanic.

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Cats & Coffee: New ECHL Affiliate; Sunrise Showdown

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what's on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best -- so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information.

The Florida Panthers have put the finishing touches on their prospect pipeline.

After having already added the defending Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers as an AHL affiliate back in early September, the organization announced last week that they've now also entered into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL.

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Florida Panthers Name Shane Churla Director of Amateur Scouting

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has named Shane Churla Director of Amateur Scouting.

"Shane is an experienced and talented addition for our organization in the scouting department," said Zito. "We couldn't be more excited about the continued growth of our hockey operations department and our investment in the future of our franchise."

Churla has served the last seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens scouting staff (2013-14 to 2019-20) including the past four seasons as the club's Director of Amateur Scouting and three as Chief of Amateur Scouting.

The native of Fernie, British Columbia served as an amateur scout for the Dallas Stars for seven seasons (2005-06 to 2012-13) and five seasons as an amateur scout for the Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes (2000-01 to 2004-05).

Originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the sixth round (110th overall) of the 1985 National Hockey League Draft, Churla played 488 career regular season NHL games for Hartford (1986-87 to 1987-88), the Calgary Flames (1987-88 to 1988-89), Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars (1988-89 to 1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-96) and New York Rangers (1995-96 to 1996-97), registering 71 points (26-45-71) and 2,301 PIM.

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2020 NHL Draft Player Card: Kasper Puutio

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Welcome to the new "Player Card" series at FloridaPanthers.com presented by Truist! In these articles, we'll break down both the basics and the beyond when it comes to some of your favorite Panthers players and prospects through their on-ice statistics, off-ice interests, and an informative Q&A session.

In today's card, we'll take a look at Panthers 2020 fifth-round pick Kasper Puutio.

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Florida Panthers, Greenville Swamp Rabbits Enter Affiliation Agreement

Greenville serves as ECHL affiliate for Florida and the Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has entered into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. The Swamp Rabbits will serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Panthers as well as its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

"We are pleased to begin our affiliation with the Swamp Rabbits," said Gregory Campbell, Panthers Vice President of Player Personnel & Development. "This partnership is important to our organization as it provides new resources and exciting opportunities for the development of our young prospects."

The Swamp Rabbits are based in Greenville, S.C., and have qualified for the postseason in five of their 10 seasons. In the 2013-14 season, Greenville reached the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals.

Founded in 1987 as the Johnstown Chiefs, one of the ECHL's founding teams, the franchise relocated to the Palmetto State in 2010 as the Greenville Road Warriors before rebranding as the Swamp Rabbits in 2015. The club plays its home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The 2020-21 ECHL regular season is expected to begin on Dec. 11, when the Swamp Rabbits will face their intrastate rivals the South Carolina Stingrays. Their home opener will take place on Dec. 18 against the Florida Everblades.

The Panthers entered a multi-year AHL affiliation agreement with the Checkers on Sept. 10, 2020.

The ECHL is the leading professional developmental league for the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League. The league began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and now spans coast-to-coast, with 26 teams playing in 21 states and provinces. There have been more than 650 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.

Take a Virtual Tour and learn how you can join Panthers Territory today. Visit FloridaPanthers.com/Memberships or call 954-835-PUCK for more information.

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Florida Panthers to Host 'Sunrise Showdown' NHL 21 Online Tournament

NHL 21 Tournament with Level Gaming Will Be Held Dec. 5 & Dec. 12 for XBOX One and PlayStation 4

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today the inaugural 'Sunrise Showdown' NHL 21 Online Tournament for XBOX One and PlayStation 4 hosted by Level Gaming. Select matches from the tournament will be streamed from the Florida Panthers Gaming Twitch account at Twitch.tv/FlaPanthers.

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