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2007–08 Florida Panthers season
Florida Panthers
Conference Eastern
Division Southeast
Founded 1993
History Florida Panthers
1993-present
Home Arena BankAtlantic Center
City Sunrise, Florida
Colors Red, Navy, Gold and White
Media FSN Florida
WAXY (790 AM)
Owner(s) Flag of the United States Alan Cohen
Flag of the United States Bernie Kosar
General Manager Jacques Martin
Head Coach Vacant
Captain Flag of Finland Olli Jokinen
Minor League Affiliates Rochester Americans (AHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Stanley Cups none
Conference Championships 1995–96
Division Championships none

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Sunrise, Florida suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their games at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. For other uses, see Florida panther (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006 French version of the Eastern Conference logo The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. ... The NHLs Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. ... The BankAtlantic Center (formerly known as the Broward County Civic Arena, the National Car Rental Center and the Office Depot Center) is an indoor arena located in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ... Sunrise is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... Wax has traditionally referred to a substance that is secreted by bees (beeswax) and used by them in constructing their honeycombs. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bernard Joseph Kosar, Jr. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jacques Martin (born October 1, 1952 in St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Olli Jokinen (born December 5, 1978 in Kuopio, Finland) is a professional ice hockey centre. ... The Rochester Americans are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Florida Everblades are an ECHL ice hockey team playing in the Southeast Division. ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Miami Urbanized Area stretches along the Atlantic Coast for most of the length of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Area, but is confined to a relatively narrow area between the coast and the Everglades. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... The NHLs Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. ... Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006 French version of the Eastern Conference logo The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. ... NHL redirects here. ... The BankAtlantic Center (formerly known as the Broward County Civic Arena, the National Car Rental Center and the Office Depot Center) is an indoor arena located in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ...

Contents

Franchise history

Blockbuster Video magnate H. Wayne Huizenga was awarded an NHL franchise for his native Miami on December 10,1992. The team played at the Miami Arena, and its first major stars were New York Rangers goaltender castoff John Vanbiesbrouck, rookie Rob Niedermayer, and Scott Mellanby, who scored 30 goals. Their first game was a 4-4 tie on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks. They had one of the most successful first seasons of any expansion team (and the best first year of any NHL team), finishing one point below .500 and narrowly missing out on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their first year success was attributed mainly to the "trap defense" that first year coach Roger Neilson implemented. The conservative style was widely criticized by NHL teams. Some even suggested that the Panthers were ruining the game at the time. Blockbuster video store This article is about the chain of video stores. ... H. Wayne Huizenga (born Harry Wayne Huizenga on December 29, 1937), has built several companies into multi-billion dollar enterprises, mostly through an aggressive process of acquisitions. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Miami Arena is an indoor arena in Miami, Florida. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no professional experience. ... Rob Niedermayer (born Robin Wade Niedermayer on December 28, 1974 in Cassiar, British Columbia ) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. He is the younger brother of fellow Duck Scott Niedermayer. ... Scott Mellanby (born 11 June 1966 in Montreal], Quebec is a Canadian ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. He is the son of former Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... NHL redirects here. ... Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006 French version of the Eastern Conference logo The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. ...


After missing another close brush with the playoffs in 1995, coach Roger Neilson was fired and replaced by Doug MacLean. They then acquired Ray Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks on the trade deadline in 1996 and they looked towards the playoffs for the first time. Roger Paul Neilson, CM (June 16, 1934 - June 21, 2003) was a National Hockey League coach, and was responsible for many innovations in the game. ... Doug MacLean born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island on April 12, 1954 Current president/general manager and ex-head coach of the National Hockey Leagues Columbus Blue Jackets and former head coach of the Florida Panthers. ... Ray Sheppard (born 27 May 1966 in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the NHL from 1987 to 2000. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ...


Also during that season, a very unusual goal celebration developed in Miami. On the night of the Panthers' '95–'96 home opener, a rat scurried across the Florida locker room. Mellanby reacted by "one-timing" the rat against the wall, killing it[1]. That night he scored two goals, which Vanbiesbrouck quipped was "a rat trick". Two nights later, as the story found its way into the world, a few fans threw rubber rats on the ice in celebration of a goal. The rubber rat count went from 16 for the third home game to over 2,000 during the playoffs. This article is about rats. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... A one timer (or one-time) is an ice hockey shot that occurs when a player meets a teammates pass with an immediate slapshot, without any attempt to control the puck on his stick. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about rats. ...


In the 1996 playoffs, as the #4 seed, the Panthers beat the Boston Bruins in 5 games, then upset the top seeded Philadelphia Flyers in six, and then the second seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in seven to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Their opponents, the Colorado Avalanche, swept the Panthers in four games. Uwe Krupp scored the winning goal for the Avalanche in the 3rd over time to defeat the Panthers 1-0. The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... Uwe Krupp [pronounced OO-vah KROOP] (born June 24, 1965 in Cologne, West Germany) is a retired German hockey defenceman and Coach of the German Ice Hockey National Team. ...


The Panthers would begin the next season with a 17–game unbeaten streak but faded in the second half of the season. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Wayne Gretzky-led Rangers in five games. Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ...


The 1997–98 season would be a return to mediocrity for the Panthers.[citation needed] After a 7–12–4 start, the Panthers fired coach Doug MacLean, replacing him for the season with General Manager Bryan Murray. The change didn't aid matters,[citation needed] as Florida suffered a franchise-worst 24–43–15 record, including a 15–game winless streak. This season would also mark the end of Disneyworld for Vanbiesbrouck, who in the midst of that streak was shelled by the Chicago Blackhawks and never played another game for the Panthers. He would sign with the Flyers that off-season as a free agent. Bryan Clarence Murray (Born: December 5, 1942 in Shawville, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...

Florida's alternate logo; a palm tree and a hockey stick crossing one another over a sun.
Florida's alternate logo; a palm tree and a hockey stick crossing one another over a sun.

The Panthers moved into the National Car Rental Center (now known as BankAtlantic Center) in 1998. In 1999, they acquired Pavel Bure (the "Russian Rocket"), in a blockbuster trade with the Vancouver Canucks. They reached the playoffs again in 2000, losing in a first-round sweep to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The BankAtlantic Center (formerly known as the Broward County Civic Arena, the National Car Rental Center and the Office Depot Center) is an indoor arena located in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ... Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...


The team slumped in 2000–01. The following season, 2001–02, the Panthers had their worst record ever. Bure struggled despite being reunited with his brother Valeri, and was traded to the Rangers on the 2002 trading deadline. Valeri Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Буре, Valerij Bure; born June 13, 1974 in Moscow, USSR)is a professional hockey rightwinger from Russia and is the brother of Pavel Bure; currently an unrestricted free agent. ...


The Cats started coveting defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, who was widely tipped to be picked first overall in 2002, around then. But controversial bench boss “Iron Mike” Keenan sent Florida's first pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who took winger Rick Nash. The Atlanta Thrashers, after secondly picking goalie Kari Lehtonen, announced that the Panthers had given them two picks to guarantee that Bouwmeester went to Miami. Bouwmeester was selected third overall. "We shouldn’t have done that ... Jay would have been number-one if we'd kept that pick,"[2] said Keenan. Jason Jay Bouwmeester (born September 27, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Bouwmeester was drafted third overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 2002 NHL Entry Draft was held June 22-23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario) is the current head coach of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, and former General Manager of the Florida Panthers. ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... Richard Rick Nash (born June 16, 1984, in Brampton, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey Left Wing in the NHL, playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. ... The Thrashers take the puck into the offensive zone against the St. ... Kari Lehtonen (born November 16, 1983 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. ...


In 2003, the Panthers hosted the NHL All-Star Weekend in which the Western Conference earned a 6–5 victory after the first OT shootout in All-Star history. The West overcame a four-goal outburst by Thrashers winger Dany Heatley, who took home MVP honors in his first All-Star Game. The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition ice hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the star players playing against each other. ... The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... Daniel Dany James Heatley (born January 21, 1981, in Freiburg, West Germany) is a Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. ...


On June 23, 2006, The Panthers were again involved in a blockbuster trade with the Vancouver Canucks, sending Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek, and a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld, and Bryan Allen. is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ... Lukas Krajicek (born March 11, 1983 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional hockey defenceman playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. Krajicek was a first round pick, 24th overall for the Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... Todd Bertuzzi (born 2 February 1975 in Sudbury, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. ... Alexander Auld (born January 7, 1981 in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, but raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Florida Panthers and has also played for the Vancouver Canucks. ... Bryan Allen (born as August 21, 1980, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey defenceman in the NHL, playing for the Florida Panthers. ...

New 2007–08 jerseys

On June 22, 2007, the Florida Panthers were involved in yet another draft day deal involving a goalie. The Florida Panthers acquired Tomas Vokoun from the Nashville Predators in exchange for three draft picks, a 1st round pick in 2008, a second round pick in 2008, and a conditional second round pick that can be used in 2007 or 2008. The move would eventually pay off when Vokoun was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


On July 28, 2007 the Florida Panthers unveiled their new jerseys to over 11,000 fans at the BankAtlantic Center during the first intermission of the Panthers 1996 Reunion game. Star forwards Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss were both in full gear to help showcase the sweater changes. is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


As of 2008, the Florida Panthers are the only team in the NHL to have a lifetime winning percentage of .500 or better over the Montreal Canadiens, the winningest team in the NHL history with 24 Stanley Cup titles. The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


The 2008 season marked the seventh straight season that the Panthers have missed the playoffs.


Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Panthers. For the full season-by-season history, see Florida Panthers seasons This is a list of seasons completed by the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. ...


Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes


Records as of February 6, 2007. [3]

Season GP W L T1 OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2002–03 82 24 36 13 9 70 176 237 1127 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2003–04 82 28 35 15 4 75 188 221 1192 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2004–05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–061 82 37 34 - 11 85 240 257 1255 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2006–07 82 35 31 - 16 86 247 257 1059 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2007–08 82 38 35 - 9 85 216 226 1002 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
1 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).

Notable players

Current roster

As of April 11, 2008. [1] is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
29 Tomas Vokoun R 2007 Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
31 Flag of the United States Craig Anderson L 2006 Park Ridge, Illinois
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Flag of Slovakia Branislav Mezei L 2002 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
3 Flag of Latvia Karlis Skrastins L 2008 Riga, U.S.S.R.
4 Jay Bouwmeester L 2002 Edmonton, Alberta
5 Bryan AllenA L 2006 Kingston, Ontario
6 Flag of Sweden Magnus Johansson L 2008 Linkoping, Sweden
7 Steve Montador R 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia
21 Cory Murphy R 2007 Kanata, Ontario
22 Jassen Cullimore L 2007 Simcoe, Ontario
26 Mike Van Ryn R 2003 London, Ontario
27 Flag of the United States Noah Welch L 2007 Brighton, Massachusetts
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
9 Stephen WeissA C L 2001 Toronto, Ontario
10 Flag of the United States David Booth LW L 2004 Detroit, Michigan
11 Gregory Campbell C L 2002 London, Ontario
12 Flag of Finland Olli JokinenC C L 2000 Kuopio, Finland
14 Radek Dvorak RW R 2007 Tabor, Czechoslovakia
15 Flag of Slovakia Jozef Stumpel RW R 2005 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
16 Nathan Horton RW R 2003 Welland, Ontario
17 Garth Murray LW L 2007 Regina, Saskatchewan
18 Flag of Finland Ville Peltonen LW L 2006 Vantaa, Finland
20 Flag of Slovakia Richard Zednik LW L 2007 Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
33 Wade Belak RW L 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
37 Tanner Glass LW L 2003 Regina, Saskatchewan
50 Flag of the United States Drew Larman C R 2005 Buffalo, New York
53 Brett McLean C L 2007 Comox, British Columbia
54 Kamil Kreps C R 2003 Litomerice, Czechoslovakia
85 Rostislav Olesz LW L 2004 Bilovec, Czechoslovakia

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Branislav Mezei, #5 (born October 8, 1980 in Nitra, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey defenceman currently (2005) with the Florida Panthers of the NHL. He also played with the Slovak national ice hockey team in the 2001 and 2004 Mens World Ice Hockey Championships. ... Nitra - City Center Nitra (German: ( ); Hungarian: / Nyitria [archaic]) is a city in western Slovakia (and the fourth largest urban settlement in Slovakia) situated at the foot of Zobor Mountain in the Nitra River valley. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Latvia. ... Kārlis Skrastiņš (born July 7, 1974 in Riga, Latvia) is a professional ice hockey defenceman. ... For other uses, see Riga (disambiguation). ... CCCP redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jason Jay Bouwmeester (born September 27, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Bouwmeester was drafted third overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 2002 NHL Entry Draft was held June 22-23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... This article is about the city in Alberta, Canada. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bryan Allen (born as August 21, 1980, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey defenceman in the NHL, playing for the Florida Panthers. ... Jarome Iginla wears the C on his jersey as captain of the Calgary Flames. ... Murney Tower, Kingston The Fort Henry Guard performing an historical demonstration The Prince George Hotel Kingston, Ontario, the first capital[1] of Canada, is located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where the lake runs into the St. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Magnus Johansson (born September 4, 1973, in Linköping, Sweden), is a professional Swedish ice hockey player. ... The Linköping Cathedral. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Steve Montador (b. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Cory Murphy (born February 13, 1978) is a hockey player from Kanata, Ontario. ... Looking north along Kanatas March Road Kanata is a suburban area in the western part of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jassen Cullimore (born December 4, 1972 in Simcoe, Ontario) is a defenseman currently (2005) playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Categories: Ice hockey player stubs | 1972 births | Canadian ice hockey players ... Simcoe is a community of approx. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mike Van Ryn (born May 14, 1979 in London, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Van Ryn was drafted in the 1st round, 26th overall by the New-Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. ... For other places with the same name, see London (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 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Nathan Horton (born May 29, 1985 in Welland, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. // After two highly successful years with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, Horton was drafted third overall by the Panthers in the... The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Welland (formally The Corporation of City of Welland; 2001 population 48,402) is a city in the Regional Municipality of Niagara in Ontario, Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Garth Murray (born September 17, 1982 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. ... 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Richard Zednik (Born January 6, 1976 in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia) is a Slovak professional hockey player who plays right wing for the National Hockey Leagues Montreal Canadiens. ... Bansk Bystrica (Hungarian: Beszterceb nya, German: Neusohl) is a town in central Slovakia at the Hron river and at the Lower Tatra Mountains. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wade Belak (b. ... Saskatoon is a city located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tanner Glass (born November 29, 1983 in Craven, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Florida Panthers organization of the National Hockey League. ... Regina may refer to a place: Regina, Saskatchewan, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... For other uses, see Saskatchewan (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Drew Larman (born May 5, 1985) is an American ice hockey player for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie First Settled 1789 Founded 1801 Incorporated (City) 1832 Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Brett McLean (born August 14th, 1978 in Comox, British Columbia) is a Canadian Professional ice hockey player. ... Coordinates: Country Canada Province British Columbia Regional District Comox-Strathcona Incorporated 1953 Government  - Mayor Jim Brass Area  - City 26. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Kamil Kreps (born November 18, 1984) is a Czech hockey player for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. ... Litoměřice (German: Leitmeritz, Population: 28,000) is a town in the Czech Republic, in Usti nad Labem Region. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Rostislav Olesz (born October 10, 1985 in Bilovec, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. 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Team captains

Brian Skrudland (born July 31, 1963 in Peace River, Alberta) is a retired former professional ice hockey player. ... Scott Mellanby (born 11 June 1966 in Montreal], Quebec is a Canadian ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. He is the son of former Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby. ... Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Paul Laus playing for the Florida Panthers. ... Olli Jokinen (born December 5, 1978 in Kuopio, Finland) is a professional ice hockey centre. ...

Honored Members

Hall of Famers: The Panthers first Head Coach Roger Neilson (1993–95), was inducted in 2002 (as a Builder), for his NHL coaching career. The Panthers first President & General Manager Bill Torrey (1993–2001), was inducted in 1995 (as a Builder), for his NHL team management career. Roger Paul Neilson, CM (June 16, 1934 - June 21, 2003) was a National Hockey League coach, and was responsible for many innovations in the game. ... Bill Torrey was a General Mangager and executive in the National Hockey League. ...


Retired numbers: The Panthers have not retired a number from their team. However, Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired league-wide on February 6, 2000. Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... (Redirected from 2000 NHL All-Star Game) The 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game was part of the 1999-2000 NHL season, and took place in Torontos Air Canada Centre on February 6, 2000. ...


First-round draft picks

The 1993 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26, 1993 at le Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec. ... Rob Niedermayer (born Robin Wade Niedermayer on December 28, 1974 in Cassiar, British Columbia ) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. He is the younger brother of fellow Duck Scott Niedermayer. ... The NHL entry draft occurs during the off season and consists of amateur players being selected for national teams. ... Ed Jovanovski Ed Jovanovski (born June 26, 1976 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Vancouver Canucks. ... The 1995 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Edmonton Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Radek Dvorak (born 9 March 1977, Tábor, Czech Republic) is a winger for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. ... The 1996 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Kiel Arena in St. ... Marcus Nilson (born March 1, 1978 in Balsta, Sweden) is a professional hockey player. ... The 1997 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 21 June 1997. ... Mike Brown (born April 29, 1979, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger. ... The 1998 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27th at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. ... The 1999 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 26th at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Denis Shvidki (born November 21, 1980, in Kharkov, U.S.S.R.) is a Ukrainian professional ice hockey right wing. ... The 2000 NHL Entry Draft was held from June 24 to 25 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta following the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft on June 23 for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild. ... The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida. ... Stephen Weiss (born 3 April 1983 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey centreman who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Weiss was drafted 4th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... Lukas Krajicek (born March 11, 1983 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional hockey defenceman playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. Krajicek was a first round pick, 24th overall for the Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 2002 NHL Entry Draft was held June 22-23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Jason Jay Bouwmeester (born September 27, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Bouwmeester was drafted third overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. ... Petr Taticek (born September 22, 1983) is a Czech center for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. ... The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Nathan Horton (born May 29, 1985 in Welland, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. // After two highly successful years with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, Horton was drafted third overall by the Panthers in the... Anthony Stewart (born January 5, 1985 in LaSalle, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. ... The 2004 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 26 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Rostislav Olesz (born October 10, 1985 in Bilovec, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Olesz was drafted in the 1st round, 7th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 2005 NHL Entry Draft was the 43rd NHL Entry Draft. ... Kenndal McArdle (born January 4, 1987 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian junior ice hockey player, currently playing for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... The 2006 NHL Entry Draft Logo. ... Michael Frolik (born February 17, 1988 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia; now Czech Republic) is an ice hockey player. ... The 2007 NHL Entry Draft Logo. ... Keaton Ellerby (born November 5, 1988, in Okotoks, Alberta) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman, who is currently playing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. ...

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.


Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Panthers player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Olli Jokinen* C 541 201 244 445 .82
Scott Mellanby RW 552 157 197 354 .64
Viktor Kozlov C 414 101 190 291 .70
Robert Svehla D 573 61 229 290 .51
Rob Niedermayer C 518 101 165 266 .51
Pavel Bure RW 223 152 99 251 1.13
Ray Whitney LW 273 97 130 227 .83
Radek Dvorak* RW 390 78 107 185 .47
Nathan Horton* C 264 88 86 174 .66
Bill Lindsay RW 506 67 98 165 .33

Olli Jokinen (born December 5, 1978 in Kuopio, Finland) is a professional ice hockey centre. ... Scott Mellanby (born 11 June 1966 in Montreal], Quebec is a Canadian ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. He is the son of former Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby. ... Viktor Kozlov (born 14 February 1975 in Togliatti, U.S.S.R.) is a Russian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. Kozlov was drafted 6th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. ... Robert Svehla (born 2 January 1969 in Martin, Slovakia) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL for 9 seasons from 1995 until 2003. ... Rob Niedermayer (born Robin Wade Niedermayer on December 28, 1974 in Cassiar, British Columbia ) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. He is the younger brother of fellow Duck Scott Niedermayer. ... Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Ray Whitney was born on the 8th of May, 1972 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. ... Radek Dvorak (born 9 March 1977, Tábor, Czech Republic) is a winger for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. ... Nathan Horton (born May 29, 1985 in Welland, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. // After two highly successful years with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, Horton was drafted third overall by the Panthers in the... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

NHL awards and trophies

Prince of Wales Trophy This article is about the trophy. ...

  • 1995–96

Rocket Richard Trophy The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the National Hockey League regular season. ...

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ...

Franchise individual records

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Viktor Kozlov (born 14 February 1975 in Togliatti, U.S.S.R.) is a Russian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. Kozlov was drafted 6th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. ... Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: ; born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Peter Worrell (b. ... Robert Svehla (born 2 January 1969 in Martin, Slovakia) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL for 9 seasons from 1995 until 2003. ... Jesse Belanger (born June 15, 1969 in Saint-Georges, Quebec) was a National Hockey League center from 1991 to 2001. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ... Craig Anderson (May 21, 1981 in Park Ridge, Illinois) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays goaltender for the National Hockey Leagues Chicago Blackhawks. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ... John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ... Roberto Luongo (born April 4, 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. ...

References

  1. ^ Florida Panthers FAQ Page
  2. ^ McDonell, Chris. (2005). Hockey's Greatest Stars: Legends and Young Lions. Firefly Books, 135. ISBN 1–55407–038–4. 
  3. ^ Hockeydb.com, Florida Panthers season statistics and records.

See also

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