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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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