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First Official Post of the Season

Vail2VAIL, Colorado -- The gang's all here, and Jacques sends his best.

Hockey season has officially begun in the Sunshine State, even if we had to kick it off in Colorado.

The first practice is in the books, the Zamboni wiping the frozen slate clean for the second workout. Team A did some nice things in its workout, and was skated hard in the final 15 minutes of their session.

Here are a few highlights from the morning (started at 7 a.m. WAC time) practice:

-- Olli Jokinen was working alongside Richard Zednik and Stefan Meyer and had a couple good shots on Tomas Vokoun; Ville Peltonen, skating with Kamil Kreps and Anthony Stewart, fired one past Vokoun; Zednik drilled one off the post; Rostislav Olesz scored on youngster Tyler Plante.

-- The Panthers' weekend show on 790 The Ticket kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. Jeremy Marks Peltz will serve as your host this weekend. The show's name? Panthers Unrestricted: Weekend Edition. It plans to run every Saturday until the end of the season. I'm figuring if Florida makes the playoffs, the show will go on.

Also, JM is going to have a weekly show on 790. It'll be Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Joe Rose -- err, Sid Rosenberg.

-- The Thrashers' new jerseys are out. Put them in the OK pile. Like the road jerseys; they spell out the word Atlanta on one of the sleeves, just so there was no confusion. Hokie, and I don't mean Virginia Tech.

-- Preseason numbers: Zednik wears 20; Vokoun 29; Cory Murphy 21; Dvorak is back in 19; Michal Repik sportin the 32; Welch 27.

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Great info... keep it coming

Hey George, nice update. I was wondering what your take on Repik is in regards to his situation in camp. I know he was signed over the summer and has made it known he will do what it takes to get to the NHL level ASAP, but is Jacques willing to give him a look if he performs in camp or will he be sent back to juniors or minors unless he absolutely lights the world on fire? Thanks

Hey GR, thanks for keeping us all up to date with camp. I also have a question, but its about McArdle. How's he look, and what're his chances of showing up on the fourth line come game time?

another thanks, and question, for ya george. i've always been interested in the designs on goalie masks...my question is, does vokoun have his new mask yet? i saw in some of your pictures a few weeks ago that he was still wearing the nashville mask, but in this latest pictures, they both look different. if so, can you take a picture of it for us? thanks again for the work you do for us!

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