When Florida Hockey Now started during the pandemic in 2020, I promised to “cover this Florida Panthers team with everything I’ve got just as I have since the Miami Herald originally put me on the beat at the start of a 2004-05 season which never was.”
I hope to have lived up to that.
Our first post went live on July 8, 2020, as the Panthers were preparing to return to play following a long, Covid-induced break.
Much has changed since then — but FHN being your No. 1 source for full-time, daily coverage of the Florida Panthers is not one of them.
We are closing in on 2,600 posts since that first one with almost 2,000 coming from myself.
Colby D. Guy, who has covered two seasons now, has done a ton of good work and we could not do what we do without him.
Most of our stories are accompanied by great photos from Roger Topalian.
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But first of all, we could not have done it without all of your support over these first few years.
Our readership continues to grow at a terrific pace as the past two months were our two biggest — not including the one involving Kodak Black — in our history.
It is certainly encouraging especially as the success of the Panthers has meant more and more competition.
Hey, the more the merrier.
It’s no fun being the only one covering a team I can tell you that from past experience.
We certainly appreciate all of you — and we hope you continue to follow along as we kick off Year 4 with what should be another exciting season with the Panthers.
In 2020, I wrote:
This could be the start of something really cool.
I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
It certainly has been fun and thank you again for joining us.
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We will have more stories throughout the rest of the summer including coverage of the team’s development camp this coming week.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
- Now: Free agency open
- Monday-Friday: Development camp, Coral Springs
- Mid-September: Training Camp, South Florida
- Sept. 25: Preseason starts, doubleheader v. Nashville @ Sunrise
- Oct. 7: Preseason ends, vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
- Mid-October: Start of 2023-24 Regular Season