It ain't easy being the Florida Panthers. They haven't made the playoffs since 2000. And their contraction or relocation was mentioned nearly every other day in our "5 Ways I'd Change the NHL" series.
But here's what the Panthers do have: A spiffy arena called the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, and a steadfast determination to get fans inside of it. Like with their 6 Pack Plan, in which you get six tickets to games and everything from gas vouchers to money for a jersey.
Well, now they've gone and done something even crazier than that: They've given Puck Daddy one hell of a ticket package to give away to a reader:
• Free food and drinks all night. (The Panthers clearly underestimate our readers' thirst.)
So what do you have to do to earn these tickets? First of all, ask yourself if you can attend a Florida Panthers home game on Nov. 14. And if you can, we're looking for something on the positive tip. Something that, for once, celebrates this much-maligned franchise.
We're looking for your list of the Top 10 Reasons the Florida Panthers are Actually Pretty Cool.
Past or present. Coolest players. Coolest moments. Pavel Bure. The rats. Forcing out Mike Keenan. We're looking for the wittiest, most creative Top 10 list; hit us with words, videos, images and Photoshops. We'll publish the best ones. The winner gets that ticket package, which will be selected by your friends at Puck Daddy; second place will be given a spiffy Florida Panthers hat ... delivered by a postal worker, rather than ice girls.
E-mail your Top 10 Reasons the Florida Panthers are Actually Pretty Cool entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. The contest deadline is noon (EDT) on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Once again: E-mail the entries here.
Have at it, bring the funny, and good luck ...