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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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MELLANBY LEADS OUT OF THE GATE
Scott Mellanby took an early leadership role for the franchise, attending hockey clinics and meet-and-greets with South Floridians, many of whom had never seen a hockey game in their lives. “This is a ...
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BEEZER WITHOUT THE HELMET
The Panthers really wanted John Vanbiesbrouck, and “Beezer” didn’t disappoint. During the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft, the Panthers snagged Vanbiesbrouck in the first overall pick. Vanbiesbrouck would be ...
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STANLEY CUP GAME 1 TICKET, 1996
When they took the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche, the Florida Panthers became the youngest franchise ever to advance to the ...
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THE MOST FAMOUS NET IN PANTHERS HISTORY?
How many amazing goals has this net seen? It was on the ice at Miami Arena for the entirety of the 1996 playoffs (though we don’t know which end). John Vanbiesbrouck undoubtedly guarded it (masterfull ...
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CELEBRATING PLAYOFF SUCCESS, 1996
The 1996 playoff run was cause for Panthers celebration on and off the ice.
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VANBIESBROUCK GUARDING THE GOAL, 1996
John Vanbiesbrouck was a stand-out star in the 1996 playoffs with 12 wins and 685 saves. He was later inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
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M FOR MELLANBY, 1996
A hand-written message on a rat projectile wished the Panthers good luck during the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The scrawled no. 27 and capital M made this rat specific to the man behind the Rat Trick, ...
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AUTOGRAPHED OPENING NIGHT 1995 POSTER
Did the Panthers know that Opening Night 1995 would go down in team history? Players and owner H. Wayne Huizenga signed a poster commemorating the game, where Scott Mellanby’s Rat Trick was the highli ...
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JOVANOVSKI TAKES OFF THE GLOVES, 1996
Longtime Panther Ed Jovanovski was known for his passion on the ice. The 1994 overall no. 1 draft pick contributed 9 points in 22 games during the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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