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Training Camp Primer

Summerpractice The Panthers kick off their 2008-09 season Saturday morning at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs.

The opening practice kicks off at 10 a.m., with a scrimmage an hour later. Players will then go across the street for an off-ice workout, so if you're planning on waiting for autographs, bring something cold to drink. It's going to be a while.

Parking is also going to be at a premium, with a big portion of the lots now fenced off as construction is gearing up for the expansion of the facility. They are adding not only a Map third sheet of ice, but offices, training and dressing rooms and workout rooms for the Panthers. This will become the new home of the Panthers during the season and during the offseason.

Parking should be available across Sample Road at the Industrial Park, and you may be able to park at the school as well. But don't take this as gospel, just give 'er a shot tomorrow.

-- Don't forget to bring some money with you, the Panthers will be holding an equipment sale at the rink. Picked up some sweet skates (thanks Peter Worrell) for like $50 at the last one. Sure they'll have a bunch of good stuff on sale this time as well.

-- Also, Randy Moller and Jon Zaslow will be broadcasting live from Incredible Ice tomorrow morning from 9-10 on 790 The Ticket. Goldie will be there as well, but he won't be on the broadcast since he's now back at 560 WQAM.

-- Here's my training camp preview in today's Miami Herald.

Here's the preseason schedule:


Saturday at Incredible Ice, Coral Springs: practice, 10 a.m.; scrimmage, 11.

Sunday at Incredible Ice, Coral Springs: practice, 10 a.m.; scrimmage, 11.

Monday at Incredible Ice, Coral Springs: practice, 8 a.m.

Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 28 in Canada.

Key Dates:

Tuesday: Preseason game at Calgary, 9; Wednesday: Preseason game at Edmonton, 9; Thursday: Preseason game at Edmonton, 9; Friday: Preseason game at Calgary, 9; Saturday: Preseason game at Prince Edward Island vs. New York Islanders, 7; Sunday: Preseason game at Montreal, 7.

Incredible Ice is located on Sample Road, 1 mile east of the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs. Admission to Panthers workouts are free to the public, although because of construction on the facility, parking is extremely limited.