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Welcome to Panthers Territory: Katie Gaus

by Katie Gaus / @katie_gaus / FloridaPanthers.com

Hey Panthers Territory!

I'm Katie Gaus, your new digital reporter! I'll be joining the Panthers broadcasting crew to bring you the latest and greatest team news in the form of videos. I have been working in video broadcasting and covering hockey for the last six years, but this year is by far going to be the best.

My bio on the website gives you the details about my professional career up to this point, but I wanted to share a little more about how I ended up here in South Florida.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA., which is where my passion for hockey started. I grew up in a hockey family. My Dad played in college, and had my younger brother in skates when he was just two years old! I had to wait a little longer, but I eventually wore my Mom down and convinced her to let me play hockey as well. The only catch… there weren't any girls teams! So, I learned to play hockey with the boys.

Truthfully, I liked this better, because it meant I got to learn how to check. I played 3-on-3 during the summers on the same team as my brother, and while I didn't score much, I did lead the team in penalties.

Fast forward to college.

I went to the same school as my Dad, SUNY Geneseo, where I played DIII field hockey (the closest thing to ice hockey) and club hockey. I showed up unsure of what path I wanted my career to take. Truthfully, I hadn't really thought much about a career in sports broadcasting, as my school had a relatively small communications program. One thing we did have, good hockey and a radio station.

I began working as the rink side reporter for the radio station. All it took was one game for me to realize I was hooked. The adrenaline of being between the benches, listening to teams chirp each other and bodies slamming up against the glass - to put it simply, it was awesome. Who wouldn't want to do this every day?

So here's the part where my resume begins…

  • Internship with the Rochester Americans in the AHL; I learned literally EVERYTHING that made me the reporter I am today.
  • Internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins; I got my first taste of the NHL and knew it was where I wanted to end up.
  • Weekend sports anchor and reporter for WICU12 NBC; I covered everything from high school football to the Stanley Cup Final.
  • Graduate school at the Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University.
  • Media and Communications Coordinator for the United States Hockey League in Chicago.

THEN BOOM. Here we are! Digital and sideline reporter for the Florida Panthers.

In an effort to avoid complete clichés, I will only say it once: THIS IS MY DREAM JOB.

That being said, I cannot wait to get started. This is such an exciting time to be joining the Panthers. The team is stacked, and so is the media crew.

Thanks for letting me join the Panthers family, I'll see ya (on camera) very soon!

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