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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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WEEKES LOOKED SHARP FROM (ALMOST) DAY 1
Kevin Weekes wore this mask in the second game of his NHL, and Florida Panthers, career. As an analyst for the NHL Network, Weekes often praises goalies with sharp, clean and simple masks, a look he c ...
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SUPERSTITIOUS MARK FITZPATRICK’S MASK
Mark Fitzpatrick joined the Panthers when the team was formed in 1993, presenting him with the chance to help set the tone for the team’s style. But for Fitzpatrick, his gear was about more than style ...
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MCLEAN’S FIRST NEW MASK IN YEARS
Goaltender Kirk McLean was famously thrifty with his masks. During his entire 10-year tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, McLean used only four different masks. Even during his brief stint with the Car ...
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THE FIRST CAPTAIN, 1993-1997
Brian Skrudland was a gritty, 30-year-old veteran when he was named the first Florida Panthers captain. He was the perfect person to lead the new team during its early years, including the epic 1996 s ...
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