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Panthers Fans Are Some Of The Best In The NHL

Wednesday, 01.4.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Fans Are Some Of The Best In The NHL

Cats Attendance Increase Is Top 10 In The League NHL Has Another Record Breaking Month

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers fans continue to stake their claim as some of the best fans around as the National Hockey League announced today that, through December, the Panthers rank No. 9 in the 30-team league in attendance percentage increase over 2003-04.

"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 are some of the best in the league and they continue to be loyal and fervent as the Panthers make a push for the playoffs."

The top teams in terms of attendance include many traditional hockey markets such as Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Calgary. But in Florida, the fans have been just as passionate, as they have supported an exciting Panthers team with a plus-9-percent increase over 2003-04 including two sellouts and 10 crowds of over 17,000 through 20 games at the BankAtlantic Center.

Through 20 games in 2003-04 the Cats played in front of one sellout crowd and six of over 17,000.

"We've received some great support from the South Florida community so far this season," Panthers head coach Jacques Martin said. "The fans have helped make our building a tough place to play for opposing teams and are one of the reasons we've played so well at home."

The Cats have a stellar 12-6-2 record at the BankAtlantic Center this season, after winning just 16 home games through all of 2003-04. They currently sit just five points behind Atlanta and Montreal for the final playoff spot. The Panthers have three games left on their current five game road trip vs. the New York Islanders (Jan. 4), New York Rangers (Jan. 7) and Washington Capitals (Jan. 8). Florida then returns home for a pair of games vs. St. Louis (Jan. 12) and Columbus (Jan. 14) at the BankAtlantic Center. Both games are part of Coca-Cola Kids Month.

Overall the NHL experienced a record breaking December with an average of 16,913 fans per game, breaking the record of 16,578 fans per game set in 2001. The league's popularity is clearly growing as December marked the fourth straight month of record breaking attendance.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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