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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, 10.09.2013 / 3:15 PM / News
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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 \u2014 Fans encouraged to wear red.

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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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