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Fun And Business On Media Day

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 3:30 PM ET / 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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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