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Panthers goalie tryouts create memories to savor

Panthers goalie tryouts create memories to savor

Bill Ruggiero, of Melbourne, a former minor-league goalie, and Dustin Smith, of Nashville, Tenn., who played in college, showed the best puck-stopping ability to earn spots in the final shootout during the first intermission of Tuesday's Panthers-Canadiens game. They will vie for the chance to serve as the Panthers' backup practice goalie for a day. "It's really like a dream," said Ruggiero, 34, who has a stand-up paddleboard business in Melbourne Beach but whose resume reads like a road trip in "Slap Shot" with stops in Tulsa (CHL), Johnstown (ECHL) and Flint (IHL). "I've been out of the game for a little bit, but once you're around...

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