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Florida Panthers Celebrate 20th Anniversary Home Opener This Friday Against Pittsburgh

Festivities start at 5 p.m. and end with post-game autograph signing — Fans encouraged to wear red.

Wednesday, 10.9.2013 / 3:15 PM ET / News
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Florida Panthers Celebrate 20th Anniversary Home Opener This Friday Against Pittsburgh

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Florida Panthers will celebrate their 20th Anniversary Season home opener this Friday in a special “throwback” opener against the first regular season home opponent in franchise history – the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Festivities begin on the JetBlue Tarmac at 5 p.m. at the BB&T Center and include the unveiling of the Panthers new state-of-the-art scoreboard during pre-game ceremonies. Fans are highly encouraged to wear red in support of the Panthers all season long.

“We are thrilled to finally be celebrating our home opener of the 20th Anniversary of the Florida Panthers,” said Panthers President Michael R. Yormark (@PanthersYormark). “We have a lot of exciting activities and appearances planned. This is something fans won’t want to miss.”

Activities begin on the JetBlue Tarmac with interactive games, an inflatable rink, bounce houses, a live DJ, a Port-A-Party mobile bar, and special appearances by the Redline Lady Panthers and Stanley C. Panther. FOX Sports Florida will broadcast their Panthers LIVE! pre-game show beginning at 7 p.m. including an exclusive interview with owner Vinnie Viola.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an Opening Night Pennant giveaway provided by Wizard Creations and FOX Sports Florida while the opening pre-game celebrations, including the unveiling of the Panthers new state-of-the art scoreboard begins at 7:20 p.m. followed by a special puck drop ceremony, the national anthem by Lou Galterio and Color Guard sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Recruiting Company, commanded by Captain Gregory Shepard and led by First Sergeant Bridgett Burns-McDowell. In-game events include the honoring of the first Incapital Heroes Among Us Award presented by Rick Case Automotive group to Navy Chief Petty Officer Janette Chandler. The 30 Merit Medal Winner for Service serves as the Family Readiness Support Assistant for 20 units under 2 Battalion serving over 2174 soldiers and 4000 family members.

Original Panthers captain Brian Skrudland, first draft pick Rob Niedermayer and public address announcer John DeMott will be on hand, with Skrudland and Niedermayer signing autographs during intermissions at the Panthers Den Of Honor on the plaza level and appearing on the air during the FOX Sports Florida broadcasts.

The full Panthers 2013-14 team will sign autographs for kids out on the JetBlue Tarmac approximately 25 minutes following the end of the game.

Thanks to the efforts of Game Day Merchandising, Friday will feature the revealing of the new and improved Pantherland in the main entrance (store opens at 6:30pm), as well as two brand new merchandise locations. The first, the CCM Heritage Store, will be located outside Section 122 featuring Original 6 & Classic NHL Apparel. The second, the Old Time Hockey Panthers Shop, will be located outside Section 112 featuring Panthers apparel with a vintage feel. All three shops will offer limited edition Panthers 20th Anniversary merchandise.

Friday also features the unveiling of two new clubs, the Legends Lounge (formerly Black Velvet Lounge) on the Suite Level and The Penalty Box (formerly Patron Tequila Platinum Club) on the Club Level. Centerplate will offer new menu items for the upcoming season, which include a Sweet Lobster at the Legends Lounge and Braised Short Ribs and Shrimp Stir Fry at the Penalty Box Lounge.

New for this season, the Party City Patio by the North Entrance of the building, along with Section 130, will be open 90 minutes prior to puck drop for Season Seat Owners for food and drink purchases.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 954-835-PUCK. Friday’s home opener promotions and festivities will be paralleled on the Panthers social media with #CatsAre20.

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  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

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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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