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Florida Panthers All-Star History

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
D Jay Bouwmeester will represent the Florida Panthers in this year's NHL All-Star game to be held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Many former Panthers have represented the Panthers well. Here's a look at the highlights of how some former Cats fared at previous All-Star Games.

45th NHL All-Star Game
Eastern Conference 9 – Western Conference 8
Madison Square Garden, New York, January 22, 1994

This was the first All-Star game for the expansion Panthers team. Bob Kudelski (RW) and John Vanbiesbrouck (G) were selected to play in the game and both played a big part in the Eastern Conference's victory. Kudelski scored two goals, one of which tied the game with 6:01 left, and Vanbiesbrouck stopped 6 of 8 shots on goal in the third period to get the win for the East.

46th NHL All-Star Game
Eastern Conference 5 – Western Conference 4
FleetCenter, Boston, January 20, 1996

The Panthers brought three representatives to the game, including Coach Doug MacLean, Scott Mellanby (RW) and John Vanbiesbrouck (G). Doug MacLean coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a win after Boston's Ray Bourque scored the winning goal with just 37 seconds remaining in the third period.

47th NHL All-Star Game
Eastern Conference 11 – Western Conference 7
San Jose Arena, San Jose, January 18, 1997

Panthers Coach Doug MacLean led the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a win for the second straight year, while John Vanbiesbrouck (G) made his third straight All-Star game as a member of the Panthers. Robert Svehla (D) also represented the Panthers and added two assists in helping the Eastern Conference to its fourth straight All-Star win overall.

48th NHL All-Star Game
North America 8 – World 7
GM Place, Vancouver, January 18, 1998

In the first of five All-Star games labeled the International Showdown, which featured a match-up of the best from North America versus the best from the rest of the world, the North American All-Stars edged the World All-Stars by one goal. North America overcame an early three goal deficit with the deciding goal coming from Mark Messier.

49th NHL All-Star Game
North America 8 – World 6
Ice Palace, Tampa Bay, January 24, 1999

The North American All-Stars defeated the World All-Stars for the 2nd straight year. This All-Star game featured Wayne Gretzky, who made his final All-Star appearance, recording one goal and two assists and received the game's MVP honors. Viktor Kozlov was selected as a Panther's representative but did not play due to a shoulder injury.

50th NHL All-Star Game
World 9 – North America 4
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, February 6, 2000

Panther players were featured on both teams in the World All-Star's first win over their North American counterparts. Ray Whitney (LW) had both a goal and an assist for the North Americans. Victor Kozlov (C) was selected to his second straight All-Star game as a Panther and recorded three assists for World All-Star's including two of Panthers teammate Pavel Bure's (RW) three goals. Bure was named the game's MVP after scoring three goals and adding an assist.

51st NHL All-Star Game
North America 14 – World 12
Pepsi Center, Colorado, February 4, 2001

Pavel Bure (RW) was the lone representative for the Cats at this All-Star game, adding two assists for the World All-Stars. The combined 26 goals scored by both teams turned out to be an All-Star game record. The game was still in doubt until Simon Gagne scored an unassisted goal at the 17:07 mark in the third period. Bill Guerin of the Bruins was named the game's MVP following his three goal and two assist performance.

52nd NHL All-Star Game
World 8 - North America 5
Staples Center, Los Angeles, February 2, 2002

Sandis Ozolinsh was selected to represent the Panthers in the final match-up between the North American and World All-Stars. He finished the game with one assist in the final period. Eric Daze of the Chicago Blackhawks won the MVP honors in his first All-Star game appearance after scoring two goals and assisting one other.

53rd NHL All-Star Game
Western Conference 6 - Eastern Conference 5 (OT)
Office Depot Center, Sunrise, February 2, 2003

The Florida Panthers hosted their first ever All-Star game with Olli Jokinen representing the East as a member of the Cats. Jokinen had an outstanding performance in a losing effort with one goal and three assists. Jokinen might have been named the MVP if not for the magnificent five-point performance by East teammate Dany Heatley who finished with four goals, one assist, and the East's only successful shootout goal.

54th NHL All-Star Game
Eastern Conference 6 - Western Conference 4
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, February 8, 2004

Roberto Luongo represented the Cats in this year's All-Star game. Luongo received a no-decision but turned away eight of the nine shots he faced in the third period to preserve the win for the East. Current Panthers Gary Roberts (LW), one goal and one assist, and Todd Bertuzzi (RW), two assists, each played well for their respective squads. Joe Sakic recorded a hat-trick for the West and was named the game's MVP.
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