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Fun And Business On Media Day

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 3:30 PM / News
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Fun And Business On Media Day
Defenseman Brian Campbell sits down for a Game Presentation interview on Panthers Media Day (Photo Credit: Andres Gaviria)

By: Andres Gaviria – University of Miami

SUNRISE, Fla – Florida Panthers Media Day is carefully organized and orchestrated. From medicals to immigration to setting up different media stations for the upcoming season. Each of the Cats’ spend time with the media staff before heading into a hall of rooms, each designated with specific purpose. A line of jerseys, their team bag, stick and uniform items await them as all of these items are needed for their “close ups” and pictures.

Walking down the designated hall within the BB&T Center, the Florida Panthers exchange joking grimaces and a general sense of jest.

“It’s pretty standard to try and give each other a look and get each other to mess up," explained defenseman Colby Robak. "Just have fun with it.”

Panthers vets move from station-to-station performing various promotional duties. They hear a lot of “stand here and face me” “smile, now don’t smile” and other such directions. For the veterans, this is just business as usual.

“It's part of the game,” said goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. “We’ve been doing this for five or ten years, some of us, so its kind of fun. Having the camaraderie makes time go by quickly.”

This camaraderie was very apparent.

The Panthers players handle themselves like consummate professionals in the media booths, but once outside the laughter and smiles ensued. Just another way of helping each other pass the time.  

“Well I think this day is always long, between getting all the media stuff done and all the medicals and the physicals," expressed Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski. "It's something that needs to be done to help promote hockey.

"The (marketing and game presentation) staff do a great job at thinking of new and different ideas. Overall, it's fun to get back at it. It’s for real now and we are very excited.”

With media day out of the way, the Panthers take to the ice Thursday as they prepare for the 2013-14 NHL season. A special 20th Anniversary season for the Cats, the campaign begins on Oct. 3 when Florida opens on the road against the Dallas Stars.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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