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Top Profile: January 2

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

REDvolution Member: Mikko Laksola


When Did You Become A Panthers Fan?

When I first played NHL 94 in year 1995. As a 4-year-old.

What Turned You On To Becoming A Panther Fan?
The cool logo at first, then later the whole team just grew on me (mostly because Vanbiesbrouck, Bure, Kozlov and Jokinen) I became a more passionate fan year after year.

Who Is Your Favorite Panther Player All-Time?
Too tough to choose between Vanbiesbrouck and Bure.

Who Is Your Favorite Panther Player Currently?
Kulikov (Gudbranson is about to join him)

What Is Your Favorite Thing About Attending A Panther Game?
I've only been there once in Helsinki's season opener last year. I live in Finland so it's not really possible to attend those games.

What Is Your Favorite Panthers Memory?
I'm too young to say the cup run but I guess it must be the excitement and emotions that ran through me when we were fighting for a playoff spot in 2008-09. Even though it ended in the worst way you could imagine I still remember waking up at 2AM Finnish time just to cheer the Panthers all the way from my home here in Finland. By the time I realized that I truly am a die-hard Panthers fan.

What Makes You A True Panther Fan?
I'll stay up till/ wake up at 2-3 AM everytime I can just to see them play. Also, I've endured all the pain suffered in the past years of non-playoffs and bad seasons, still finding myself supporting them with all my heart.

What Other Sports/Sports Teams Do You Like?
From the NHL Edmonton is my second favorite team. I also like watching soccer and basketball. In soccer FC Schalke 04 is my favorite and in basketball it's Miami Heat of course.

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