Florida Rental Car and the Florida Panthers
Are you ready for the fastest game on earth? If you answered yes, then the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers are your answer. The Panthers have been a hit with Florida Rental Car customers since their inaugural season in 1993. Whether it is a bone-crushing hit, or an electrifying goal, Florida Panthers hockey is enough to make your heart race. Based in the Ft. Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise, the Panthers play their home games at the state of the art BankAtlantic Center. As the first NHL team in Florida, the Panthers quickly gained a following by putting together one of the best expansion teams in league history. In only their third season in the NHL, the Panthers won the Eastern conference championship before being defeated in the Stanley Cup finals. Florida is quickly becoming a hockey mad state, so don't miss your chance to take in a game with your next Florida rental car.
The 2005-2006 Season
The 2005-2006 season marked the beginning of what might be a bright future for the game of hockey in Florida. Despite narrowly missing the playoffs, the play of the Panthers young stars brought the house down. Led by Olympians Jay Bouwmeester and Oli Jokinen, the Panthers battled to 4th place in the Southeast Division. With your Continental Florida rental car, be sure to get to a game and keep your eye on these young stars. The 2005-2006 season was a record setting campaign for one Panther. Forward Nathan Horton became the youngest player in team history to score 3 goals in a game. As the 2006-2007 season rolls along, the Panthers are again in a fight for a playoff position. The inspired play of the young team under head coach Jacques Martin, and their battle for the playoffs make a night at the rink your perfect Florida rental car destination. So get your tickets now!
Not your usual Rat problem
The Panthers monumental 1995-96 campaign provided one of the strangest traditions in professional sports. Before the teams home opener that season, soon to be team captain Scott Mellanby spotted a live rat running across the dressing room floor. Mellanby reacted by grabbing his stick and shooting the rat across the room, killing it instantly. That night Mellanby compiled a 'rat trick' scoring two goals. By the time the playoffs rolled around, Panther fans were throwing up to 2000 plastic rats on the ice after every goal. You may not want to take part in this tradition, but the slick skating Panthers, and their die hard fans make this a must see for your Florida rental car experience.
What's in a name?
The Panthers were named after the Florida Panther or Cougar. These panthers are native to the southern most regions of Florida and are considered endangered. From human development and population growth, the Panthers natural habitat continues to be destroyed. Restoration of the panther population has begun, but may end in the species becoming extinct as habitat space is limited.
Keep your six-pack on ice
The Panthers offer a wide variety of ticket packages from individual seats to their famous "six-pack" deal. This deal includes two tickets to any 3 games plus a prize pack including a Florida Panthers cooler and cups. If you aren't an ultimate hockey fan yet, why not take in a single game with your Florida rental car. Tickets can be purchased for as little as $17 each at any Ticketmaster location or on the Florida Panthers official website www.floridapanthers.com . The BankAtlantic Center is easily accessible off the Sawgrass Expressway and all parking charges are included in your Florida Panthers ticket price. Whether you are interested in a night on the town, or some relaxing fun, use your Florida rental car to find out what the buzz around the Florida Panthers is all about.