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Dancers Dialogue: Wrapping Up The Season

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Dancers Dialogue: Wrapping Up The Season
A new feature for floridapanthers.com, the Panthers Ice Dancers will be posting their thoughts throughout the year in their blog Dancers Dialogue. A different girl will fill everyone in on what's going on with the hottest dance team on the Ice.



Hello again Panthers Fans. It’s me, Lola, back again for my third season to give you a sneak peak into what it’s really like being a Panthers Ice Dancer. 

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into making our on-ice performances seem effortless? Well, I’m here to tell you it takes a lot of practice, practice, practice! Every year we work hard to make the last dance of the season memorable for all of the fans and this year was no exception. We even added extra elements including leaps, turns, and a moving kick line that rotated 180 degrees…on ICE!

In preparation for this year’s final performance we practiced Tuesday through Friday, sometimes not leaving the arena until 11:00pm! Practicing on ice can at times be very difficult and believe me, there are times when we fall… and fall hard! One of the questions I hear most often from the fans is “How do you girls dance on the ice without falling?” Well, first of all we do fall (but ONLY during practice). The reason we are able to dance on the ice is because we wear special footwear enhanced with an extra thick rubber sole to prevent slipping on the ice. Before going onto the ice we disguise our footwear with white boot covers. (Trust me, the ice shoes are not pretty - We have to cover them.)

Although practice in itself is completely exhausting, you have to remember that for most of us, being a Panthers Ice Dancer is not our only occupation. After a long night of practice I still have to wake up at 6:30am to work my day job as a teacher for students with special needs. We are all willing to work hard for you, the fans, and we do whatever it takes to make sure our performances are as close to perfection as they can be. 

The last dance of the season is always full of surprises. No one knows this quite as well as I do. If you remember, last season is when I got the BIGGEST surprise of my entire life when my fiancé strolled out onto the ice after our last dance to ask for my hand in marriage.  As I danced on the ice this year I couldn’t help but think about all the special memories and life changing moments I have experienced while being apart of the Panthers Organization. In a few months I will be getting married and my life will change forever. I am so fortunate that I have been able to share so many special moments with you, the fans. Hope you all enjoyed watching us perform this season because I know that I enjoyed performing.

Lola

Cheers-ing to a memorable season!

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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