Stellar to Renovate Ice Rink, Refrigeration System at the NHL’s Florida Panthers IceDen Facility

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (December 10, 2020) — The Florida Panthers IceDen has selected Stellar to renovate one of the facility's three ice sheets and install an associated refrigeration system. The new refrigeration system will utilize Opteon™, the NHL's official refrigerant solution developed by The Chemours Company, a Stellar partner.

The Jacksonville-based firm will demolish and replace the floor pad of the facility's mezzanine ice sheet. The refrigeration system serving two sheets, including the pad being renovated, will be upgraded to an Opteon™ Air-Cooled system.

The Panthers IceDen is a 125,000-square-foot multi-use facility that serves as the official practice location of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, in addition to hosting local club and recreational hockey teams and figure skaters.

"We’re excited to get started on another ice rink project, especially with a great organization like the Florida Panthers," said Jose Mergulhao, PE, Director of Business Development at Stellar. “The Panthers IceDen is important to the team’s success, but it’s also a vital part of the surrounding community through the classes, leagues and events it hosts.”

The $1.2 million project broke ground in September 2020 and is expected to be completed by March 2021.

In addition to demolishing the old floor pad, Stellar will be self-performing the engineering, design and installation of the new floor pad and refrigeration system.

Of the Panthers IceDen’s three sheets, two will remain open during the project as the third is renovated. During the four-week period when the refrigeration room is replaced, only one rink will be open to the public.

The Florida Panthers IceDen is located at 3299 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs, Florida.

About Florida Panthers IceDen

The Florida Panthers IceDen is a community facility that hosts over 1 million annual guests in the tri-county area. Located in Coral Springs, the 125,000-square-foot facility is the official practice facility of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers IceDen is home to the Florida Junior Panthers, Coral Springs Makos, Youth Hockey Leagues, Learn To Skate, Learn To Play as well as figure skating lessons, making it the perfect location to reach families in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. For more information on Panthers IceDen and its offerings, please visit or follow @PanthersIceDen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.