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Glory Days


Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals now on XM 204. Good times, long time ago.

For those youngsters who enjoy reading this site, the Stanley Cup was actually inside the Dade County line for a time, and it was awarded to the Quebec Nordiques after they swept the Panthers in four games.

The Avalanche, in its first season in Denver after moving from Quebec City, had quite the team that year. Superstar Patrick Roy saved the Avs bacon time and again, only it was Uwe Krupp who beat the Cats in Game 4, his shot beating John Vanbiesbrouck at 4:31 of the third overtime. Final score: 1-0.

Again, good times. A few days after the loss, the Panthers held a pep rally/party to honor that team and packed the place, thousands of fans locked out of Miami Arena because the fire marshall wouldn't let anyone else in.

Yes, hockey can work down here. Hopefully we'll see this kind of fervor for the game once again.


Caroliner --The Carolina hockey club of Raleigh unveiled its third uniform today, and truth is, they look pretty nice. All but gone is their goofy 'traditional' logo, in its place, the secondary logo of the Hurricane Watch (memo to Carolina: Hurricane Warning is two flags, not one) flag on the hockey stick. The main color of the uniform is black. I like it, although the flag border on the bottom is a bit much. Don't like that.

-- Like the Panthers, Tampa Bay's hockey club will have 65 games broadcast on Sun Sports (the Panthers are on FSN, but, whatever.)

-- Want to check out the Detroit Red Wings on the cheap? Preseason tickets are on sale now. So how is it Red Wings have five home preseason games and the Panthers only have one? Because they can sell tickets to the exhibition? Gotcha.

-- Good pal (and FOOFP) Corey Masisak of the Washington Times continues his ambitious 30 Teams in 30 Days series. Today's team: The Lightning.

Dallas -- Puck Daddy also is doing a team a day. Today's team: Dallas.

-- Big shock here: ESPN.com has your FIU Golden Panthers ranked dead last among Division I-A football teams.

-- Today's Extra Special Bonus: A FrozenPoll. Time to give me your thoughts on Florida signing Keith Ballard to a new deal. In case you haven't heard. Ballard is signed with Florida through 2015, making just over $4 million per season.