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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 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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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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TICKET TO 1997 POSTSEASON OPENER
The Panthers made their second postseason trip in 1997, facing the New York Rangers in the Conference Quarterfinal. John Vanbiesbrouck blanked the Rangers in Game 1 at the Miami Arena. Later, in Game ...
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MELLANBY GETS TRIPLE DIGIT GOAL, 1997
Scott Mellanby joined the franchise’s 100-goal club with a score in a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the team’s first snipers, Mellanby ultimately scored 157 goals for the franchise. ...
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SOUVENIRS FROM RAY SHEPPARD HAT TRICK, 1996
Panthers hats rained down onto the Miami Arena ice in celebration of a Ray Sheppard hat trick on November 26, 1996. The Panthers won against the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3. Sheppard logged 5 hat tricks as a ...
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TICKET TO FIRST GAME AFTER FINAL, 1996
The reigning conference champions raised the banner before opening the 1996-1997 season with a 1-1 tie against the New York Rangers. As they had the year before, the Panthers would end their season in ...
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PUCK FROM MULLER’S 1st GOAL AS A PANTHER
Kirk Muller’s first goal in a Panther uniform came on April 11, 1997, in a 4-2 win at home over the Buffalo Sabres. Muller would go on to tally 47 points with the Panthers.
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