Former Panther Bill Lindsay has been quite busy since his Panther days. From playing in the NHL to professionally over-seas, Lindsay is keeping his hockey spirit alive.
Since his departure from the Panthers, Lindsay has played for four NHL teams, two AHL teams and one ECHL team. He currently plays in the Deutsche Eishockey League in Germany for the Cologne Sharks. When asked about his descion to play in Germany, Lindsay replied, “It was a great opportunity to continue playing hockey and it was a good situation”. Lindsay has played two seasons with the Sharks and is comtemplating his return for a third. “I might play for one more year. I haven’t decided. I am going to broadcasting school this summer, I’m going to look into that, and then maybe play for one more year.”
Lindsay, 36, came to the Panthers through the 1993 Expansion Draft after playing 44 games the previous season with the Quebec Nordiques. Originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Nordiques, Lindsay played 506 games for the Panthers while scoring 67 goals and 98 assists (67-98-165). During parts of eight years with the Panthers (he was reacquired in 2001 after playing two years in Calgary), Lindsay was known for his tenacious checking. During the 1996 playoffs, he helped shut down the Penguins dynamic duo of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in the Eastern Conference championship.
Lindsay, along with other former Panthers will be reuniting in July for the ‘96 Alumni Game and a celebration of the Year of the Rat. “It’s going to be a great time to get everyone together and have some fun”, said Lindsay. “I still keep in contact with a few boys, so it should be a good time.”
The 96’ team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals but not before they beat the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the first round with a little help from Lindsay. Lindsay made franchise history by scoring the game-winning goal while sliding on the ice to win the series. “It was a good time for all of us and every now and then I get a comment on the goal.”
Even though he plays all the way in Germany, Florida is still Lindsay’s home. He and his wife have a home in South Florida and they love their community. “I have a lot of friends here,” he said. “Where we grew up in Canada all of our friends moved away, so this is probably where we know the most people, and we love the area and community.”
Lindsay is at the turning point in his career. Maybe he will coach and follow in the path of Wayne Gretzky. “I don’t know about that, I don’t really know 100 percent what I will be doing.” Whether he continues with hockey or becomes a broadcaster, Bill Lindsay will always be remembered in Panther history.