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.