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Florida Panthers: Welcome to Pembroke Pines ... Cats to hold Saturday Practice down South

PinessignFor the first time since the team was forced to relocate because of Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the Panthers will practice at the Pines Ice Arena on Saturday morning.

The Panthers used Pines as a temporary home after their training facility in Coral Springs suffered heavy damage in the storm.

This time, the Panthers just want to spread the hockey love around. 

Pinesice“I remember as a kid that when a professional team practiced at your rink, that was pretty cool,'' Dineen said. “We're trying to build the game from our youth. You see what goes on at the [Coral Springs] Iceplex and that’s something we’re very proud of as an organization.

"We want to extend our tentacles and try to keep growing the game on the local level. 

“If we can get one young guy who decides to put on the skates and play and enjoy the game of hockey, Pinesmaybe we’ll have a fan down the line. A day at another rink is a good way to expose our quality players to the South Florida community.” 

Dineen said the team will take the ice at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.