Cats & Coffee: Fan Choice Awards; More Bure Rewinds

Cats & Coffee: Fan Choice Awards; More Bure Rewinds

Good morning and welcome to “Cats & Coffee,” a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what’s on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best — so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information.

The Florida Panthers need your help at the ballot box!

With voting open for the 2020 NHL Fan Choice Awards, the Panthers are currently competing in three categories: Stanley C. Panther for “Best Mascot,” BB&T Center for “Best Building,” and, of course, defenseman Keith Yandle appears to be the frontrunner for the NHL’s “Funniest Player.”

Earlier this season, Yandle was dubbed the “Funniest Player” by his peers in an NHLPA poll.

“I’m been working my balloon animals quite a bit,” Yandle joked on a recent TSN interview. 

Fans are encouraged to vote at https://www.nhl.com/fans/nhl-fan-choice-awards/ through June 1 and also share their selections on social media using the official hashtag #NHLFanChoice.

The winners of the 20 categories will be announced on June 3, 2020.

MORE BURE REWINDS

The Russian Rocket took off last week.

Now we get to watch him in orbit for a bit.

After highlighting Pavel Bure’s successful debut with the Panthers in 1999 and his impressive four-goal game in 2000, FOX Sports Florida will continue its ongoing “Panthers Rewind” series this week with two more games centered around the incredibly dynamic Hall-of-Fame forward.

On Thursday, the network will re-air a game from Jan. 22, 2000 in which Bure netted his 300th career goal. Of the 437 goals he scored in his career, 152 of them came in a Panthers jersey.

Then, on Sunday, fans can watch one of Bure’s most-dominating performances of his career from Feb. 10, 2001. In that game, he notched five points (including four goals) against Atlanta.

During each broadcast, a few surprises are also to be expected on social media, so make sure to stay tuned to @FlaPanthers and @FOXPanthers on Twitter throughout the classic contests.

Also, keep an eye out for new digital episodes of “Inside the Panthers: At Home” each week.

And in an awesome turn of events, the latest episode featured the man himself, Pavel Bure!

Video: Inside The Panthers At Home: Pavel Bure

For the full schedule of upcoming “Panthers Rewinds,” click HERE

WALLMARK’S CHECK-IN

It’s been a wild few months for Lucas Wallmark.

From being traded to the Panthers to riding out the COVID-19 pandemic back home in Sweden, the 24-year-old forward talked about his travels in the latest entry of the “Cats Check-In” series.

“It’s been a lot,” Wallmark said. “I was really happy to come to Florida. I know it’s a really great group of guys. I felt really welcome from the first day. That made everything a lot easier. “With [the pandemic], it’s a bad time right now all over the world. You just have to deal with it and get through it. Hopefully, we can get back to normal [eventually].”

When things do start to get back to normal, Wallmark hopes to be in the playoffs.

“I’m super excited,” Wallmark said. “It’s hard to not play when you’ve been playing so many games. You want to finish the season. You want to get into the playoffs. That’s the best time of the year. That’s what you want to do.”

You can read the full interview with Wallmark HERE

CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK

What’s Aaron Ekblad been up to while social distancing over the last two months? Find out during the latest installment of “Chats with the Cats,” presented by DEX Imaging. 

Video: Chats with the Cats: Aaron Ekblad

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: Matthew, a Miami Toros youth hockey player, filled out his #FlaPanthers & @BrowardHealth Activity Book! Download, print and fill out yours this weekend ?? https://t.co/dbSJngjftM pic.twitter.com/m1zB2cBc1U

Tweet from @BrowardHealth: Our caregivers appreciate the acts of kindness from our community. Your thoughtfulness truly lifts their spirits. Thank you @FlaPanthers for delivering 450 meals today for our healthcare heroes to celebrate #HospitalWeek. @FlaPanthersPR @StanleyCPanther pic.twitter.com/eiVaw1QL1z

Tweet from @BELFORGroup: It’s #NationalPoliceWeek and we’re proud to shine the spotlight on BELFOR #SouthFlorida for providing preventative #COVID19 cleaning for @SunrisePoliceFL patrol cars with help from the @FlaPanthers! ??????? #BELFORTogether #ThankYouHeroes pic.twitter.com/M66aHSEIOl

TERRITORY TALK

On the latest episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Panthers goaltending prospect Spencer Knight joins the show to talk about his freshman season at Boston College, experience at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, motivation heading into the 2020-21 season and more!

COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

Did you know that you can do curbside pickup at Pantherland this month? Find out how! 

REWIND: Pavel Bure kicked off the new millennium with an incredible four-goal performance. 

TAKING OFF: Spencer Knight reflects on fantastic freshman season at Boston College. 

A local South Florida family united around the Panthers “Learn to Play” programs. 

— Where did Joel Quenneville land on NHL.com’s “Super 16” list of coaches? Find out here! 

Panthers strength & conditioning coach Mike Donoghue has been helping both players and fans stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic. 

REWIND: Take a look back at Pavel Bure’s successful debut with the Panthers in 1999. 

VAULTED: Roberto Luongo joined elite company by skating in his 1,000th NHL game. 

Did know you can watch old episode of “Inside the Panthers” on demand? 

Find treasures from Florida’s past in the Panthers Virtual Vault, presented by Baptist Health. 


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