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Panthers Attendance On The Rise

Wednesday, 11.30.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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