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Cats sign prospect Evan Nause and veteran Gerry Mayhew

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The Florida Panthers signed defense prospect Evan Nause to an entry-level contract and veteran forward Gerry Mayhew agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract on Friday.

Nause, 19, skated in 59 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with the Quebec Remparts in 2021-22, leading all Remparts blueliners in assists (38) and points (46). Over 12 QMJHL postseason games, he collected three assists.

The 6-foot-2, 186-pound native of White Rock, BC has played in 91 career QMJHL games with the Remparts from 2020-21 to 2021-22, amassing 12 goals and 68 points. He led all QMJHL rookie defensemen with 18 assists and 22 points over 32 games in his first season with Quebec in 2020-21.

Florida selected Nause in the second round (56th overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft,

Mayhew, 29, appeared in 40 NHL games in 2021-22 split between the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers, producing 11 goals and 12 points. He also skated in 24 games with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, recording 9 goals and 16 points

The undrafted 5-foot-9, 161-pound native of Wyandotte, MI, has played in 57 career NHL games with Anaheim (2021-22), Philadelphia (2021-22) and the Minnesota Wild (2019-20 to 2020-21), posting a toal of 15 points (13G/2A).

Following the 2019-20 season, Mayhew was named the recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player, and the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s top goal scorer. He tallied a league-leading 39 goals and totaled 61 points over 49 AHL games during that campaign.

Tickets on sale Monday

Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 18 at 10 AM. Single game tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at FLA Live Arena Box Office (Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM).

Members of the Panthers email newsletter ‘93 Society will receive an exclusive presale code on Saturday, July 16 to purchase single game tickets with exclusive early access. For information on how to sign up, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/93Society.

The Florida Panthers open the home portion of their schedule on October 19 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. The 82-game schedule is highlighted by two exciting holiday matchups: December 29 vs. Montreal Canadiens and New Year’s Day vs. New York Rangers at 5 PM. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.

Florida Panthers Territory Members have access to tickets now and receive special benefits and experiences all season long. Become a Territory Members now by choosing between two Premier Membership options: Premier Membership (25 games of weekend dates, holidays, and the top opponents) or Premier Plus Membership (all home games).

Visit FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryMemberships for more information or to purchase your membership today.