For hockey fans who want to gather for a first glance and discuss the new-look Florida Panthers, two watch parties are planned for Saturday night’s season opener at the New York Islanders.
The watch parties are at Duffy’s Sports Grills in Plantation (811 S. University Dr.) and North Miami Beach (3969 NE 163rd St.).
The team-sponsored events will feature appearances by the Panthers Street Team, Redline Lady Panthers and Stanley C. Panther (Plantation only), as well as special $10 buckets of Coors Light and other specials.
Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon overhauled the roster with the acquisition of 11 players with NHL experience. In addition, the Panthers’ No. 1 draft pick in 2010, defenseman Erik Gudbranson, is set to make his debut, as is new coach Kevin Dineen. The watch parties will give fans a chance to share their thoughts on their expectations for the season.
Ten Panthers watch parties will be held this season, with those set so far for: Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Buffalo; Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Tampa Bay; and Sunday, Dec. 11 vs. the New York Rangers.
The Duffy’s North Miami Beach will also host a question-and-answer session on Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., with Panthers players Marcel Goc, Dmitry Kulikov and Evgeny Dadonov.