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Alex Lopez

Ridiculously injury-prone Business Administration major who tries to row, enjoys writing, digs rap, appreciates Chance The Rapper a tad bit too much, and loves the Florida Panthers. Spirit animal-Left Shark. Once set a food challenge record at some diner in High Springs, Florida. "Nice beard, dude"-Chadwick Stokes, Dispatch. Also enjoys long walks on the beach, guacamole and doing everything "for the bois".

USA defeats Canada in shootout to win Gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship

Six shooters had past. After playing to a 4-4 draw, the gold medal match of the 2017 World Junior Championship between the United States and Canada was primed to drag deeper into its deciding shootout. Until Troy Terry took the ice. The 6-foot native of Denver, Colorado, had been in this situation before. 24 hours earlier, to be exact; when …

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Troy Terry Tallies USA to Gold Medal Game at the 2017 World Junior Championships

With six points in as many games at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, Team USA forward Troy Terry has a nose for goals. He’s been described as a strong skater. A solid stick-handler. A sound bottom-six forward. But after his performance in Wednesday’s game against Russia, the University of Denver sophomore can tack slump-buster onto his growing list of …

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USA Squeaks Past Switzerland, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Nobody expected Switzerland to hang around. They scraped out of Group A at the 2017 World Junior Championships, failing to win a game in regulation and posting a minus-two goal differential. Their quarterfinal draw paired them against a top-seeded United States team fresh off of a win over Canada. The Americans had never lost to the Swiss in the history of …

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USA Bests Russia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

After the first 20 minutes of Thursday’s match against Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, the United States carried a tie into the intermission. Despite jumping ahead early and tripling the Russians on the shot clock, the Americans couldn’t take the lead. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov kept his team in the thick of it, enabling forward Kirill Urakov to …

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USA Opens 2017 World Junior Championships With Win Over Latvia

For a team that wasn’t at its best, the United States still managed to open the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships with a statement. Led by Boston University forward Clayton Keller’s two-goal effort, the Americans cruised to a 6-1 win over Latvia on Monday at the Air Canada Centre. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing — skating against a Latvian …

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Florida Panthers Ink Logan Shaw and Jonathan Racine

The Florida Panthers continue to take care of their own this offseason. Following the high-profile re-signings of Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith, the team locked down depth players Logan Shaw and Jonathan Racine, signing the duo to a pair of one-year, two-way contracts. Shaw is the more seasoned of the two—the native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, dressed …

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Florida Panthers Hire Leo Luongo To Coach AHL Affiliate

To date, this offseason has seen the Florida Panthers’ organization undergo a staffing overhaul. And, this past Tuesday, another name was added to an ever-growing list of hires. Added to the Springfield Thunderbirds’ personnel for the club’s inaugural season, Canadian Leo Luongo was hired as Goaltending Coach of the Cats’ AHL affiliate, bringing over eight years of major junior, professional …

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Florida Panthers Make Pair Of Roster Moves Prior To 2016 NHL Entry Draft

The Florida Panthers are a team in transition–following a front office shake-up, the Cats have pulled the trigger on a handful of trades. This past Thursday was no exception. In the wake of Monday’s Keith Yandle trade, General Manager Tom Rowe announced yet another swap, sending diminutive center Rocco Grimaldi to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Reto Berra. …

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Florida Panthers Snag Negotiating Rights to Keith Yandle

The Cats just patched another chink in their armor. With free agency rapidly approaching and General Manager Tom Rowe expecting defenseman Brian Campbell to test the open market, the Florida Panthers made a move that could potentially bolster their blueline. Packaging together two draft picks, the Cats shipped a sixth round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft–along with a conditional …

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Florida Panthers Sign Ian McCoshen to Entry Level Contract

Following the Florida Panthers’ recent decision to trade bruising defenseman Erik Gudbranson, pundits and fans alike wondered how the Cats would fill the multiple holes existing on their back line. Sunday night, the club moved to address the issue. Signed to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $925,000 per season at the NHL level, 20-year old blueliner Ian McCoshen is set …

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Florida Panthers Trade Marc Savard, Pick to Devils

The Cats just freed up some financial wiggle room. Announced Friday evening, the Florida Panthers agreed to a two-for-two trade with the New Jersey Devils, packaging Marc Savard’s contract with a 2018 second round draft pick in exchange for Paul Thompson and Graham Black. Although Savard hasn’t taken to an NHL ice surface since February of 2011, the former Bruin has …

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Florida Panthers Trade Erik Gudbranson

Talk about a quick turnaround. Roughly two weeks after defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million bridge contract with the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa, Ontario, native is set to ship back across the northern border. On Wednesday, Gudbranson’s former club dealt the former third-overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks, swapping him and a 2016 fifth round draft pick for …

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Russia Crushes USA, Takes Bronze at the 2016 World Championships

All it took was 6:23. Vyacheslav Voynov’s early goal set things in motion. And, by the time Russia and the United States left the ice, the home team stood victorious, receiving goals from six different players in a 7-2 demolition of the Americans in the bronze medal match at the 2016 IIHF World Championships. While Voynov’s tally kicked off the …

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Russia Knocks-Off Germany, Advances to Semis at the 2016 World Championships

Twenty minutes into the 2016 IIHF World Championships’ Thursday quarterfinal slate, Russia found itself in a bind. Despite outshooting their German opponents 13-6–and otherwise controlling the flow of play–they found themselves trailing by one heading into the first intermission. Patrick Reimer’s unassisted tally gave the Germans hope. It also sparked the home team to life. Propelled by the tandem of …

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