Third Place, Atlantic Division
4th Place In Eastern Conference
Eastern Conference Champions
  35-28-19 (89 Pts)
221 GF
201 GA
FULL STANDINGS›
 

DOUG MacLEAN
  BRYAN MURRAY
GC W PCT. GM W PCT.
82 35 .543 82 35 .543
 

# PLAYER POS   # PLAYER POS
2 Terry Carkner
D 20 Brian Skrudland "C"
C
3 Paul Laus
D 21 Tom Fitzgerald
RW
4 Per Gustafsson*
D 22 Steve Washburn*
C
5 Gord Murphy
D 24 Robert Svehla
D
6 Jason Woolley*
D 26 Ray Sheppard*
RW
7 Rhett Warrener
D 27 Scott Mellanby
RW
9 Brad Smyth
RW 28 Martin Straka
C
10 Dave Lowry
LW 29 Johan Garpenlov
LW
11 Bill Lindsay
LW 30 Mark Fitzpatrick
G
12 Jody Hull*
RW 34 John Vanbiesbrouck
G
14 Stu Barnes
C 44 Rob Niedermayer
C
18 Mike Hough
LW 55 Ed Jovanovski
D
19 Radek Dvorak
RW
           
  *Did Not Dress  
COMPLETE ROSTER›
 

 
No Beating Them
The Panthers defeate the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, to extend their season-opening unbeaten streak to 12 games (8-0-4). John Vanbiesbrouck is named the NHL's Player of the Month for October after going 6-0-3, with a 1.41 GAA and a .950 SV% on October 30, 1996.
 
Break Out The Shovels
The Panthers conduct an official "ice-breaking" ceremony at the site of their new arena in Sunrise. The event is attended by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as well as club and government officials on November 15, 1996.
 
Hey Now You're All-Stars
For the second year in a row, Doug MacLean coaches the Eastern Conference to victory in the NHL All-Star Game. John Vanbiesbrouck makes his third All-Star appearance and Robert Svehla records two assists and a plus-6 rating in the contest on January 18, 1997.
 
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The Panthers celebrate their 50th consecutive sellout (including playoffs) at Miami Arena on March 22, 1997.
 
An Overtime Downer
Esa Tikkanen, who would sign with the Panthers four months later, scores at 12:02 of OT as the New York Rangers eliminate the Cats from the Playoffs on April 25, 1997.
 
 
   
Date Opponent Result
Apr. 11 PIT 4-2 W
Apr. 9 NJD 4-2 W
Apr. 6 @WSH 3-3 T
Apr. 5 @BOS 2-4 L
Apr. 2 @TOR 1-3 L
GAME-BY-GAME›

   
Name G PTS
Ray Sheppard 29 60
Scott Mellanby 27 56
Robert Svehla 13 45
Kirk Muller
21 40
Radek Dvorak 18 39
FULL STATS›

   
Player Rd Pick
Marcus Nilson 1 20
Chris Allen 3 60
Oleg Kvasha 3 65
Joey Tetarenko 4 82
Andrew Long 5 129
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