‘Inside the Panthers: Top of the Class: Aaron Ekblad’ debuts Jan. 27 on FOX Sports Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — On Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Panthers, will premiere a brand new episode of "Inside the Panthers" upon conclusion of the Florida vs. Detroit Red Wings game. Titled "Top of the Class: Aaron Ekblad," this must-watch episode debuts at the perfect time for Panthers fans following the rookie’s impressive performance at his first NHL All-Star game this weekend.

Hosted by Drew Goldfarb, "Inside the Panthers: Top of the Class: Aaron Ekblad" spotlights the Panthers rising defenseman in his rookie year as the reigning No. 1 overall draft pick. A native of Belle River, Ontario, Ekblad has always been something of a hockey prodigy. He entered the Ontario Junior League early at age 15, when he was granted "exceptional status" by Hockey Canada, only the second player out of four ever designated. Playing for the Barrie Colts of the OHL, Ekblad was outstanding, elevating him to the top of the prospect rankings for the 2014 draft. Earning a spot on the Panthers roster as an 18-year old rookie, Aaron has met and exceeded expectations in the first half of his first season.

"Inside The Panthers" will feature interviews with Aaron’s parents, David and Lisa Ekblad, his agent and NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr, former Barrle teammates and current NHL players Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson, Panthers Assistant Director of Scouting Erin Ginnell, Panthers TV analyst Denis Potvin and Panthers teammate Willie Mitchell, with whom Ekblad is living with during his rookie season.

Re-Air Schedule:

Thu. 1/29/2015, 7:30 a.m.
Thu. 1/29/2015, 6:30 p.m.
Mon. 2/2/2015, 10:00 p.m.
Thu. 2/5/2015, 10:30 p.m.
Sun. 2/8/2015, 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 2/10/2015, 12:30 p.m.
Tue. 2/10/2015, 10:30 p.m.
Thu. 2/12/2015, 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 2/15/2015, 4:00 p.m.
Tue. 2/17/2015, 10:30 p.m.
Thu. 2/19/2015, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 2/21/2015, 6:30 p.m.
Sun. 2/22/2015, 5:00 p.m.

See all of this and more on "Inside the Panthers: Top of the Class: Aaron Ekblad" and be sure to follow @FOXPanthers on twitter and visit FOXSportsFlorida.com for channel listings and exclusive Florida Panthers coverage.

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