Florida Panthers mascot extraordinaire Stanley C. Panther of the NHL will be participating once again in the annual Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, on June 23-24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
The Mascot Games features approximately 30 mascots from college and pro sports teams across North America, competing in a variety of games. The family-friendly event is a fun time for everyone, kids and adults.
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Last year Stanley C. Panther once again did a good job, but his team -- The Fields Auto Group Red Team, captained by NJ Devil of the NHL New Jersey Devils -- did not win the team trophy. In 2015, Stanley captained the Truly Nolen Yellow Team to a runner-up finish each day. Hopefully, the third time is the charm for this cool cat as Stanley will look to bring home that elusive trophy this year.
Mascots can not talk; so the interview with Stanley C. Panther was conducted via email, thanks to Adelyn Biedenbach, director of communications, digital media for your Florida Panthers.
Here we go.
JV: How have you been preparing for the Games?
SCP: Viktor E. Ratt has been helping me train for this year’s games as my coach. Unfortunately, Viktor’s diets consist of a lot of cheese and left over popcorn.
NOTED: Viktor E. Ratt is also a mascot for the Florida Panthers.
JV: What will it take to finally get that Mascot Games trophy?
SCP: It is a little known fact that the Mascot Games Trophy requires more skills than any other sport to take home the trophy. Luckily, I have the speed of Vincent Trocheck, the dedication of Jaromír Jágr and the wisdom of Roberto Luongo.
JV: Have you received any tips from Panthers’ players?
SCP: The Panthers players and I are very close, and we share tips all the time. I give them tips for off the ice like the best nap spots in the BB&T Center. and they give me tips for on the ice.
NOTED: The BB&T Center in Sunrise, near Fort Lauderdale, is home ice for the Florida Panthers.
JV: Favorite things to do in Orlando, away from the Games?
SCP: I love to catch up with my NHL buddies and on my cat naps in the Orlando sun.
JV: Mascot Games rival? Mascot Games ally?
SCP: Sebastian the Ibis from the University of Miami and I are more than just allies. We go to each other’s games, birthday parties and go fishing on the weekends. We have been talking strategy for our victory dance all year.
My biggest rival is also my biggest rival in the NHL from across the state. The ThunderBug from the Tampa Bay Lightning and I are friends, but we do fight over the best Florida hockey….There is a reason we are the FLORIDA Panthers.
JV: Favorite pro wrestlers (past and present)?
SCP: I had the honor of meeting my favorite wrestler, Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, here [at the BB&T Center] for our Wrestling Night this past season.
About the Mascot Games
The annual Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, is 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 23 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
The Mascot Games features approximately 30 mascots from sports teams across North America, competing in a variety of games. The family-friendly event is a fun time for everyone, kids and adults.
More than 18,000 fans enjoy thrilling and fun competitions, as mascots from MLB, MLS, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and ECHL battle through gladiator themed games to see who are the true champions of the mascot world.
This year’s line-up includes Stanley C. Panther (NHL Florida Panthers), Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami), Fin the Whale (NHL Vancouver Canucks), Albert E. Gator and Alberta (NCAA University of Florida), Captain Fear (NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Carlton (NHL Toronto Maple Leafs), Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks), Chomps (NFL Cleveland Browns), Coyote (NBA San Antonio Spurs), Franklin the Dog (NBA Philadelphia 76ers), Hugo (NBA Charlotte Hornets), Jaxson De Ville (NFL Jacksonville Jaguars), Kingston (MLS Orlando City Soccer), Knightro (NCAA University of Central Florida), Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska), Louie (NHL St. Louis Blues), NJ Devil (NHL New Jersey Devils), Rowdy (NFL Dallas Cowboys), Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears), Sir CC (NBA Cleveland Cavaliers), ThunderBug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning), Tommy Hawk (NHL Chicago Blackhawks), and mascot host Stuff the Magic Dragon (NBA Orlando Magic).
Last year, Florida Hospital for Children Blue Team won Day One. They were Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks); Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska); Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami); Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears); Thunderbug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning); and Team Captain Fin (NHL Vancouver Canucks).
Truly Nolen Yellow Team won Day Two last year. They were Franklin (NBA Philadelphia 76ers); Howler (NHL Arizona Coyotes); Knightro (NCAA University of Central Florida); Louie (NHL St. Louis Blues); Rowdy (NFL Dallas Cowboys); and Team Captain - Captain Fear (NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
All proceeds benefit: New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.
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