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Panthers Stars Make Huge Commitment To South Florida Community

Tuesday, 10.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / Community
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Panthers Stars Make Huge Commitment To South Florida Community

Children's Charities from across South Florida will Benefit From New Panthers Players Charitable Programs

SUNRISE, FL – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers Foundation announced today that for the first time in the history of the franchise, five Florida Panthers players – Captain Olli Jokinen, Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Van Ryn, Ed Belfour and Chris Gratton – have each formed their own charitable programs in which they will donate Panthers tickets to South Florida charities throughout the 2006-07 season.

"Never in the history of this franchise have so many players made such a significant commitment to community outreach," SSE chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. "The people of South Florida are obviously important to our players, their lives and their careers. So it is certainly fitting to found these programs at the beginning of one of the most exciting seasons in Panthers history."

"My teammates and I strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to see a Florida Panthers game up close," Captain Olli Jokinen said. "These programs are a way for us to make that opportunity a reality, and to give back to the community that continues to be so supportive of our team."

Each individual Panthers star has purchased a designated number of tickets and suites for the season totaling over $100,000 – the largest player donated sum in team history. Throughout the season, the tickets or suites will be distributed to a number of charitable children's organizations in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. In addition, the player's wives have pledged their time and effort to selecting the charities and reaching out to other children's organizations that can benefit from the programs.

"Clearly, the generosity of the Florida Panthers players and their wives knows no bounds," said V.P. of Community Development Randy Moller. "Each one of these players and their wives actively approached the Foundation to start these worthwhile charities. They're dedication to the youth of South Florida is truly admirable."

Each of the player's charities – Captain's Corner, Bertuzzi's Buddies, Rhino's Runts, Eagle's Nest and Gratton's Gang – will be marked by hanging banners in the BankAtlantic Center's inner bowl. For more information about any of the player charities or the Panthers Foundation please contact Jean Marshall at (954) 835-7720 or marshallj@sseleive.com.

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  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

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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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