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14 Moments that shaped 2014 for the Florida Panthers

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

The 2014/2015 Florida Panthers season is still being written. Wrapping up 2014 in the fight for a playoff spot, the Cats have acquired, changed, drafted and grown throughout the past twelve months into a team that will not be ignored.

Before the ball drops to close out 2014, takes a look back at the top 14 moments that shaped the roster, rallied the fans and made memories.

1. Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky are named to their respective national teams for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Presenting: @kopec_82 & Barkov. #FlaPanthers #wintergames #SochiBound

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2. Roberto Luongo returns and records a shutout in his first game back in a Panthers sweater since April 18, 2006.  The Panthers netminder made 25 saves in the 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. 

3. Vincent Trocheck records his first NHL Goal on March 14, 2014 at home against New Jersey. 

4. Panthers are awarded No. 1 overall pick, select Aaron Ekblad. The Barrie Colts defenseman is selected at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. 

5. July 1, 2014.
The Florida Panthers are active on free agency day signing six additions to the Cats roster.

6. Willie Mitchell is named Captain on the Panthers team-building trip to West Point. 

7. Florida Panthers new Head Coach Gerard Gallant earns his first win on Oct. 17.

8. A new tradition is born as the Panthers begin to internally
award their number one star of the night with the dress gray.

9. No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad nets his first NHL goal against Philadelphia.

10. The Florida Panthers team effort leads to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 11. The Cats wore Camoflague jerseys in honor of Veterans Day. 

11. Florida Panthers announce the return of Spanish broadcasts. Arley Londono's goal calls get national attention.

12. Rocco Grimaldi records his first NHL goal.

13. Nick Bjugstad records a four-point night as the Cats defeat the Anaheim Ducks.

14. Florida Panthers set the NHL record for longest shootout.

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