Panthers Stars Make Huge Commitment To South Florida Community

Tuesday, 10.10.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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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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