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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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