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Top Ten Florida Panthers Of All Time- Number 1

G- John Vanbiesbrouck

John Vanbiesbrouck played for the Panthers 1993-1998.

The Panthers first number one goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck holds a near and dear place in the heart of the Panthers fan.

Not only did he become an early fan favorite and backstop the Panthers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final, but he is probably responsible for much of the fandom we now have in South Florida.

He was veteran leader in the locker room and great ambassador for the sport in South Florida. Upon his arrival in Florida, Vanbiesbrouck went on a “mall tour” to help elevate the visibility of the franchise and made an informative video explaining ice hockey terms for Blockbuster, then owners of the franchise.

John earned runner-up honors for the coveted Hart and Vezina Trophies. In the run for the Stanley Cup during the 1995-96 season he was third choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. On December 27, 1997 the Panthers defeated the New York Islanders 6–2 at Nassau Coliseum. The win marked the 300th of his career, making him the 15th goaltender, and second American, in NHL history to reach the mark.

He finished his career with the Devils in March 2002.

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