Nathan Horton, Jay Bouwmeester, Stephen Weiss
, Rostislav Olesz, David Booth, Gregory Campbell…they all heard their names called by the Florida Panthers over the past six seasons at the NHL’s Entry Draft.
Come June 22, the Panthers will choose another young player who GM and coach Jacques Martin believes will be just as important to the Panthers’ future.
And South Florida is being invited to find out who it will be.
The Panthers will hold its annual draft party Friday evening at The Park Sports Bar & Grill at the Seminole Paradise in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The party is free, open to the public, and begins at 6 p.m. Fans can also reserve space in the Panthers VIP Den for $40 where they will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soda, a free appetizer buffet, and a chance to meet Nathan Horton.
For more information, call 954-835-PUCK.
Horton, former Panther Bill Lindsay and the broadcast team of Steve Goldstein and Randy Moller will be on hand as well as Stanley C. Panther, the Panthers Ice Dancers, public address announcer Bill Murphy and game host Kristen Hewitt.
“Our draft party is an opportunity for our fans to get together and take part in the excitement that surrounds our first draft selection,” said Chad Johnson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “At this year’s party fans will be able to take part in interactive games and meet Panther players and alumni, while also learning about several of our new ticket plans that will be available next season.”
The Panthers Draft Party is part of the Panthers All-Access Program, allowing Panther players and fans to meet face-to-face throughout the season.
Weiss (2001), Bouwmeester (2002), Horton (2003) and Olesz (2004) were all first-round draft picks by the Panthers. Booth was a third-round pick in 2004. Weiss, Horton, Bouwmeester and Olesz each had career-highs in goals during the 2006-07 season while Booth scored four goals while completing his first season in the NHL. Campbell, a third-round pick in 2002, has served as a checking line forward the past two seasons, playing 145 games and scoring nine goals.
The Panthers had a number of other draft picks play during last season including Anthony Stewart (first round pick, 25th overall, in 2003), Rob Globke (second round in 2002), Kamil Kreps (second round in 2003), Martin Lojek
(fourth round in 2003).
For more information on the NHL Entry Draft, please click here.