Panthers to spend three days training at West Point

BY foxsports • October 3, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers announced today that the team will visit the United States Military Academy at West Point for three days of training and team-bonding, from Sunday, Oct. 5, to Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Upon arrival on Sunday, the team will participate in a series of field problems designed to test their mental and physical strength, as well as how well they communicate as a group, at a training location in the Hudson Valley. The field problems will be followed by a team BBQ. On Monday, the team will practice at Tate Rink, home of Army Hockey, from 8:15 a.m.-10:00 am, followed by a hike on Torn Mountain. The day will conclude with a tour of West Point, the Thayer Award Parade and a team dinner. On Tuesday, the team will host another open practice from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., followed by lunch at the Cadet Mess Hall, before departing for Florida.

Florida Panthers Chairman and Owner Vincent Viola is a 1977 West Point graduate and the Panthers front office staff also includes numerous West Point graduates and military veterans. This marks Florida's third trip to West Point (1995, 2007 & 2014) for training and team bonding.

In addition to the Panthers, several other National Hockey League teams have traveled to West Point for training, including the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.

The Florida Panthers open the 2014-2015 season on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. The Panthers open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Oct. 11, when they host the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. Please call (954) 835-PUCK or visit www.floridapanthers.com for information on different ticket options that are available and to purchase season or single-game tickets.

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