Before we get into today’s pre-game, the comprehensive SPORTSNET article on Jaromir Jagr as told by Jagr and friends dating back to childhood can be accessed for no charge at this link:
(A permanent link to the article will appear in the “assorted Jagr-related links” section shared every day here after the daily news from jagrometer.com).
Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks
SUNRISE, FL: A six game homestand which will last through the New Year’s weekend starts today with a 4 pm start (EST) in their game with the Vancouver Canucks at the BB&T Center.
It will be a frenzied couple of days before Christmas for the (17-12-4-38) Panthers. Following today’s games they host their division rival Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at BB&T.
Today’s game follows a 3-1 road trip capped with three solid victories which saw them limit the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes to a combined two goals.
After the dust was settled on a busy Saturday night, the idle Panthers remain in the eighth overall position in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
Of course, the Jagr-O-Meter hopes continued success by the Panthers provides a chance for a few milestone celebrations at the BB&T Center.
The rest of the Panthers homestand includes:
Tue. Dec. 22 vs Ottawa
Sat. Dec. 26 vs. Columbus
Tues. Dec 28 vs. Montreal
Sat. Jan. 2, 2016 vs. New York Rangers
Sun. Jan. 3 vs Minnesota Wild
Tickets for all Panthers home games are available at http://www.floridapanthers.com . The games with Montreal and the Rangers, in particular, are in high demand and may end up being sellouts. The Florida Panthers offer outstanding holiday and ticket packages, perfect for the last-minute shopper.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide
Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait. Jagr has been more active on Twitter this season.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are:
This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR The official twitter accounts for news about the team.
@dougielarge Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.
@goldieonice — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.
@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.
@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.
@GeorgeRichards Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.
@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel
@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports
twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers games and more.
@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.
@Zdenek_Janda US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM