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UP BY HIS BOOTSTRAPS
H. Wayne Huizenga: original CEO of three Fortune 500 companies, original Panthers owner, and all-around original man. Just months before he was awarded the Panthers franchise, he received the Horatio ...
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RASENBERG’S ZAMBONI
Groundbreaking (icebreaking?) Zamboni driver Mary Rasenberg looked on while owner H. Wayne Huizenga proudly displayed a custom Florida Panthers license plate before a game in 1995. Rasenberg was one o ...
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UNIQUE INVITATION FOR A FLUSH TEST, 1998
Shortly before the National Car Rental Center first opened on October 3, 1998, for a Celine Dion concert, the arena hosted members of local Boys & Girls Clubs to test its plumbing system. The Panthers ...
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SCOTT MELLANBY’S BATTERED HELMET, 1995-1996
Players tend carefully to their helmets, often modifying them to fit their heads better (or simply make them last longer). Scott Mellanby wore this helmet in multiple games throughout the magical “Yea ...
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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 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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