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Florida Panthers Sign College Forward Ben Steeves to ELC



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The Florida Panthers signed Minnesota-Duluth sophomore Ben Steeves to an ELC on Monday. He will join the Charlotte Checkers on a PTO. // Photo courtesy @umdmenshockey

The Florida Panthers added another undrafted college player to their ranks on Monday, announcing the signing of University of Minnesota-Duluth sophomore Ben Steeves to an entry-level contract.

Although Steeves’ ELC does not kick in until next season, he has signed a professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers allowing him to play in the AHL for the remainder of this season.

Steeves, 21, led the UMD Bulldogs in scoring the past two seasons with 45 goals and 62 points in 72 games.

He had 24 goals this season.

A two-time all-conference player, Steeves played two seasons for USHL Sioux City before attending UMD where he was a two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Trophy nominee.

The Bulldogs ended their season with a two-game sweep at the hands of the University of Denver — and top Florida collegiate prospect Jack Devine.



  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida/ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932; NHL App
  • Last Season — Regular Season: Tied 2-2; Playoffs: Florida won 4-3 (first-round)
  • This season (Bruins Lead 2-0) — At Boston: Bruins 3, Panthers 2 OT (Oct.30); April 6. At Florida: Bruins 3, Panthers 1 (Nov. 22); Tuesday.
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Boston leads 62-37-7, 6 ties
  • All-time Postseason Series: Florida leads 2-0 (1996, 2023)
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Thursday vs. NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

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