As we told you last month, the new den is going to be on the 100 level (opposite side of the building from the main entrance) in the space where the old Hyundai mini showroom was.
By all accounts, it's going to be pretty sweet -- and the Panthers are pulling out all the stops for the unveiling. From what I've been told, they are trying to get as many alumni to show up for the opening of it March 20 when the Sabres are in town. They are also hoping to put together some sort of reception or golf outing for those guys when they get here.
Listen, I'm all for reconnecting to your past -- no matter how short it is.
Here is the Panthers official release on the Den.
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Florida Panthers will open the brand new South Florida Hockey Den Of Honor at the BankAtlantic Center on Saturday, March 20 prior to the Cats-Sabres game.
The Den Of Honor will be unveiled with notable Panthers alumni, team ownership, and supporters of the organization, and South Florida hockey in general, on hand for the occasion. The unveiling is expected to be part of a weekend-long celebration of hockey in South Florida that will include a number of fan-friendly events and activities that feature both current and former Panthers players and staff.
In addition, a presenting sponsor for the Den Of Honor will be announced in the next 30 days.
The new South Florida Hockey Den Of Honor is part of the commitment made by new SSE Managing Partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel to better engage the Panthers’ past and its participants, as well as the strong contributions of youth and high school hockey in the region.
“As an organization, we can think of no better way to underscore the commitment made by our new Managing Partners then by creating a Den Of Honor where our fans, partners and supporters can touch. feel and experience this franchise’s history whenever they step foot inside the BankAtlantic Center,” said Panthers president & COO Michael Yormark. “Not only is this a great tribute to our past, but it adds a wonderful experiential element to the arena that our fans have been asking for since the building opened in 1998.”
The Den Of Honor will pay tribute to the players, coaches, personalities and moments that have played a significant role in Panthers history from the announcement of the franchise in the early 90s to the present. It will also honor the people and organizations that continue to help South Florida grow as a hotbed for youth and high school hockey.
More information on the South Florida Hockey Den Of Honor will be available in the coming weeks on FloridaPanthers.com.