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HOCKEYFEST ’97!
Over 10,000 Panthers fans visited the Broward County Convention Center to enjoy Hockeyfest 1997. The event featured broomball rinks, souvenir booths, a museum of hockey memorabilia and meet & greets w ...
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PARTING SHOT
In honor of the team’s final home game at Miami Arena, three original Cats said thank you to the fans who had supported the team through its first five years. These guys knew that the Panthers faithfu ...
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HOUGH GETS A LIFELONG FAN
Fans were clamoring to get a stick from Mike Hough, but the skater gave it to the tallest face in the crowd. Over two decades later, this young man probably still treasures this memory and the stick.
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PURE JOY
The 1995 Panthers Breakout Weekend at Joe Robbie Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) included games, giveaways and the first chance to buy regular-season tickets. And for at least one lucky fan, it includ ...
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THE BEEZER SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST
There’s lots of reasons why John Vanbiesbrouck will never forget the 1997 All-Star Weekend — ultimately his final All-Star appearance. Beezer started the game for the East, who crushed the West, 11-7. ...
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THE TOP VOTE-GETTER IN THE EAST
John Vanbiesbrouck’s 20-year career included three All-Star Game appearances, all in a Panthers uniform. The goaltender represented the Cats at the festivities in 1994, 1996 and 1997. Vanbiesbrouck ea ...
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THE SVEHLA SECRET’S OUT
Defenseman Robert Svehla was selected to the Eastern Conference’s reserve roster at the 1997 All-Star Game. When he got into the action, Svehla made the most of it, contributing two assists in less th ...
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SMILING SVEHLA
Robert Svehla was known throughout his career for shying away from media attention. So how did the defenseman react to the spotlight of his first-ever All-Star Game? “I think Robert’s enjoying this,” ...
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THE BEEZER’S MASK
Do you remember the first Panthers goalie to rock this helmet? US Hockey Hall of Famer John Vanbiesbrouck used a design similar to this one for years. The giant panther on top of his head let everyone ...
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WEEKES BRINGS THE SUNSHINE TO THE ICE
This 1998 Kevin Weekes mask made it clear whose net he defended. With a panther surrounded by sunshine and palm trees, plus a full outline of the Sunshine State, can you name a mask that did a better ...
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