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Panthers Attendance On The Rise

Wednesday, 11.30.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Attendance On The Rise

Cats Crowds At The BankAtlantic Center Show Increase Over 2003-04 Season

SUNRISE, Fla. – Just two months into the regular season, South Florida hockey fans have proved to be one of the most dedicated and passionate groups in the National Hockey League. The return of Florida Panthers hockey to the BankAtlantic Center has led to large and enthusiastic crowds and a significant increase in attendance over the 2003-04 season.

The Panthers have averaged 16,123 fans over the first 11 regular season home games, up from the 13,941 fan average at the same point in '03-'04 – a 15.6% increase. The BankAtlantic Center has seen one sellout – on opening night – and seven crowds of over 16,000.

"The numbers say that Panthers hockey is as popular as ever in South Florida," Sunrise Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. "Our fans continue to be loyal and fervent while the rest of the NHL finds out what a great hockey market there truly is in South Florida."

An article published in USA Today on Nov. 23 entitled "Attendance: Fans forgive, forget, file in" cited the Panthers (plus-16.5%) as the No. 6 team in the NHL as far as total attendance increase over 2003-04. The Cats landed just .1-percent behind Boston for No. 5, with Pittsburgh leading the pack (plus-37.1%).

That being said, Cats fans will have a chance to cement their loyal reputation even more this weekend with three great games in five days. The Panthers will face rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Stanley Cup Champion goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and the NHL's leading scorer Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

With the Florida Pit Bulls game vs. the Baltimore Pearls on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. the BankAtlantic Center expects to host four events in five days with an expected total attendance of over 50,000 – another reason why the BankAtlantic Center is the "Center of it All" in South Florida.

Fans should keep in mind that the Capitals and Senators games were both rescheduled from October due to the arrival of Hurricane Wilma. Tickets that were purchased for either original date – Washington on Oct. 29 and Ottawa on Oct. 22 – will be honored for the upcoming games.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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