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Aaron Ekblad, Roberto Luongo and Head Coach Gerard Gallant Selected to represent Florida Panthers at the 2016 Honda All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named to the roster for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Jan. 31. In addition, Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant has been named coach of the Atlantic Division All-Star Team.

Ekblad, Luongo and Gallant will join Panthers teammate and Atlantic Division All-Star Captain Jaromir Jagr at the All-Star Game. Florida’s four representatives at the 2016 All-Star Game are the most in franchise history. Other festivities during the All-Star weekend include the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 and the 2016 All-Star Fan Fair presented by Bridgestone held from Jan. 28 - Jan.31.

The 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Ekblad, leads all Panthers defensemen in scoring with nine goals and 18 points in 40 games this season. The 19-year old Ekblad leads Florida with a plus-16 rating, while leading the team with 99 shots. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound native of Windsor, Ontario will participate in his second consecutive All-Star Game after playing in last season’s game as a rookie. At the 2015 All-Star Game, Ekblad recorded four points (0-4-4), tying Pavel Bure (2000) and Olli Jokinen (2003) for the most points recorded by a Panthers player at the All-Star Game in franchise history.

The 36-year old Luongo owns a 18-11-3 record this season, with a 2.06 goals against average, .930 save percentage and three shutouts. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound native of Montreal, Quebec set a Florida franchise record this season, earning eight consecutive goaltending wins, while ranking in the league’s top-10 for wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts. Luongo will make his fifth career NHL All-Star Game appearance (2004, 2007, 2009 & 2015) and his second consecutive All-Star appearance. Luongo was named a starter in the 2008 All-Star game, but did not play in the contest.

The 43-year old Jagr has recorded a team-leading 14 goals and 29 points this season with Florida. The league's active leader in games played (1,587), goals (736), assists (1,095), points (1,831), power-play goals (207) and power-play points (592), Jagr led the All-Star fan vote for the Atlantic Division to be named the team’s captain. Jagr will make his 10th career All-Star Game appearance (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004).

The 52-year old Gallant has led the Panthers to a 24-12-4 record this season (52 points). The Panthers are currently on a franchise record 10-game winning streak, the longest winning streak by any team for the 2015-16 season, while ranking as the longest winning streak since 2013-14 (Boston: 12 games, Anaheim: 10 games). In December, Gallant and the Panthers set a new franchise record for wins (11) and points (22) for any month in Panthers history. The Panthers are currently first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

Panthers All-Time All-Star Representatives

1994:

Forward: Bob Kudelski

Goaltender: John Vanbiesbrouck

1996:

Coach: Doug MacLean

Goaltender: John Vanbiesbrouck

1997:

Coach: Doug MacLean

Defenseman: Robert Svehla

Goaltender: John Vanbiesbrouck

1999:

Forward: Viktor Kozlov

2000:

Forward: Pavel Bure (MVP)

Forward: Viktor Kozlov

Forward: Ray Whitney

2001:

Forward: Pavel Bure

2003:

Forward: Olli Jokinen

Defenseman: Sandis Ozolinsh

2004:

Goaltender: Roberto Luongo

2007:

Defenseman: Jay Bouwmeester

2008:

Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun

2009:

Defenseman: Jay Bouwmeester

2012:

Defenseman: Brian Campbell

2015:

Defenseman: Aaron Ekblad

Goaltender: Roberto Luongo

2016:

Coach: Gerard Gallant

Forward: Jaromir Jagr

Defenseman: Aaron Ekblad

Goaltender: Roberto Luongo

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