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All-Star Break Update: Panthers Thriving On And Off The Ice

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that as the National Hockey League breaks for All-Star Weekend, the Florida Panthers are enjoying success in a number of different areas both on and off the ice including the play of it’s young players, GM Dale Tallon’s “Blueprint”, corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, in-game experience, Panthers Foundation, community development, and more.

 
“The entire Florida Panthers organization has exceeded expectations thus far during the 2010-11 NHL season,” said Panthers president & COO Michael Yormark. “Heading in to the All-Star break, we are trending positively in nearly every area of our business and are excited about the direction of our hockey team thanks to the leadership of GM Dale Tallon, Assistant GM Mike Santos and their staff.”
 
The Panthers’ accomplishments through the first half of the season include:
  • The performance of the Panthers’ young players including F Mike Santorelli (13-14-27), D Keaton Ellerby (1-4-5), F Michael Frolik (8-18-26), D Dmitry Kulikov (5-12-17) and rookie F Evgeny Dadonov (4-7-11). Dadonov will represent the Cats at All-Star Weekend.
  • General Manager Dale Tallon’s “Blueprint” for building a consistent playoff team and Stanley Cup contender.
  • The World Junior Championship which featured five Panthers prospects: F Quinton Howden and D Erik Gudbranson for Team Canada (silver medal), F Nick Bjugstad and F Drew Shore for Team USA (bronze medal), and F Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland.
  • Florida is currently 22-22-5 with 49 points – eight points behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games at hand.
  • Panthers home games (24) have featured an average crowd of 15,123, which is 91-percent to capacity – a significant increase over last season when the Panthers were at 71.2-percent and ranked No. 24 in the League.
  • For the first time since 2001 the Panthers have over 10,000 full season ticket equivalents for the 2010-11 season.
  • Corporate sponsorship revenues are among the top ten in the National Hockey League and are up 13-percent from last season.
  • The Florida Panthers Foundation has hosted two sold-out events and donated over $1 million in kind to local causes and charitable organizations.
  • Florida Panthers players, coaches, staff, ice dancers and the Panthers Party Patrol have made the Cats the most active professional sports team in the South Florida community during 2010-11. The Panthers have executed more than 100 community events with the Panthers Party Patrol presented by Tenet Healthcare’s Delray Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center, and FMC North Campus
  • The unveiling of the Panthers Good Time Guarantee, which ensures an incredible fan experience for every guest that visits the BankAtlantic Center for a Panthers home game.
  • The best game presentation in the National Hockey League including Stanley C. Panther, the Panthers Ice Dancers, incredible and creative in-game features, an intimate seating capacity of 17,040, and more.   
“I’m extremely proud of our organization’s accomplishments thus far in 2010-11 but there is more work to be done,” Yormark said. “We’re going to work hard through the rest of the regular season, the postseason, the offseason and in to next year’s training camp, to build on these positives, while creating new successes and achievements for this franchise.”
 
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