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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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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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