Lots of young Florida Panther fans and families gathered at the Saveology Iceplex on Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hockeyfest. The event aimed at displaying all the new equipment from top line companies. Half of the rink was filled with booths of each company displaying the new gear. There was a booth for autograph signings. There was also a blown up obstacle course for young kids and a TV set up to play a NHL video game.
On the other side of the rink, people got to test out skates, sticks, gloves, etc. Anyone could rent some skates and go out to skate around and take some shots. I attempted this but learned hockey isn’t my forte as I already assumed. The kids on the rink seemed to be loving it, taking endless shots and bonding over the sport. Over on the obstacle course, the younger kids were getting more competitive themselves trying to outrun one another to finish the course.
People started lining up for autographs by both Mikael Samuelsson and Jason Garrison right from the start. Samuelsson arrived first sitting down and signed things for the entire line. He was very sweet as always chatting with the fans during the signing. His son also seemed to enjoy Hockeyfest as he was on the obstacle course the entire time while his dad was signing autographs. 1 hour later, Garrison showed up to sign. He was also very generous letting each fan take pictures with him along with signing something. He made sure everyone got something signed and was also very friendly with fans. These guys really care about their fans and this team which was great to see. Both said they were already excited for next season to begin.
While this event is mainly for hockey players to test out new equipment, it can also be a fun event for the whole family as are most Panther events. It was awesome to see how many people love hockey in South Florida and how excited they are about this Florida Panther team.
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