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Making the Cut -- Florida Style

Keenan Americans love their reality shows, Survivor and the Simple Life have proven that.

So do Canadians. One of the most popular shows on the Global Network is called 'Making the Cut.' Former Panthers GM Mike Keenan and his staff (which includes Florida director of hockey ops Jack Birch) ran a camp this August with hockey hopefuls. The winner gets a new car, a $250,000 endorsement contract and the use of a agent.

While the camp ended last August, the show has run throughout the winter in Canada. The winner was finally announced Saturday night. Your winner? Panthers prospect Franklin MacDonald.

A 22-year-old defenseman, MacDonald knew he won the deal last summer but had to sign a confidentiality agreement where he kept it a secret. According various stories, MacDonald couldn't even tell his parents he had won the reality series. The series concluded at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

“It was pretty hard to keep it from everybody but I tried to stay away from all the questions about the show and turn the questions to something else,” MacDonald told the Cape Breton Post. “It’s over now so it’s a monkey off my back, I guess.” Read more HERE

MacDonald signed a three-year deal with the Panthers after attending the team's rookie camp in Toronto. Keenan, who invited MacDonald to the camp after his Making the Cut appearance, wasn't around to see the fruits of his summertime work. MacDonald signed with the Panthers on Sept. 14, 2006, weeks after Keenan left the organization.

After starting the season in Rochester, MacDonald was sent to Florida of the ECHL where he is helping the Everblades in their playoff push.