WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
YOUR 2000 FLORIDA PANTHERS PLAYOFF TEAM
No. 3 Paul Laus spent his entire career with the Panthers, playing from the inaugural season through 2001-02. One of the most popular players in franchise history, Laus is currently living near Toronto.
No. 4 Bret Hedican spent parts of two more seasons with the Panthers before being traded to Carolina where he won the Cup in 2006. Hedican, married to figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi, works San Jose Sharks broadcasts.
No. 7 Mike Wilson spent parts of three seasons with the Panthers before knocking around both North American and European professional leagues until retiring in 2009.
No. 7 Trevor Kidd got hurt during the 1999-2000 season forcing Florida to trade Radek Dvorak for Mike Vernon. Kidd left the Panthers in 2002 and retired four years later. Kidd is a businessman living in Winnipeg.
No. 9 Len Barrie got into real estate after his playing days and ended up being a co-owner of the Lightning (it didn't end well). Barrie is currently the president of the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia junior Hockey League.
No. 10 Pavel Bure, known as the Russian Rocket, had his career cut short because of knee problems. Bure, who could be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, splits his time between Miami Beach and Moscow.
No. 12 Alex Hicks left the NHL after this playoff series and didn't return. Hicks spent the following six seasons playing professionally in Europe. He currently is a junior coach in Tempe, Arizona.
No. 16 Mike Sillinger retired in 2009 after playing for an NHL record 12 teams and being involved in a record nine trades. Sillinger is the Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers.
No. 21 Mark Parrish left the Panthers after this
series, going to the Islanders as part of the Roberto Luongo/Olli Jokinen deal. He spent this past season in the AHL after playing for six more teams post-Panthers.
No. 22 Todd Simpson spent the entire playoff year with the Panthers but was traded to Phoenix the next season. Simpson, whose career ended in 2007, is now a real estate agent in West Kelowna, British Columbia.
No. 25 Viktor Kozlov kept a home in South Florida after leaving the Panthers in 2004; after playing for the Devils, Capitals and Islanders, Kozlov has spent the past three seasons playing in Russia.
No. 27 Scott Mellanby, the Panthers captain at the time, was traded to St. Louis in 2001 and he retired as the captain in 2007. After a few years in the Vancouver front office, Mellanby is now an assistant coach for the Blues.
No. 28 Jaroslav Spacek spent parts of three seasons with the Panthers before he was traded to Chicago 12 games
into the 2000-01 season. Spacek ended this season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
No. 29 Mike Vernon came to the Panthers after Kidd was hurt and was claimed by the Wild in the expansion draft. Vernon finished his career with Calgary – where his number was retired in 2007. He's currently involved in real estate.
No. 30 Mikhail Shtalenkov spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL but his short stint as the Panthers backup goalie was his last NHL action. Shtalenkov currently lives in Moscow.
No. 44 Rob Niedermayer was traded to Calgary in the Val Bure deal but ended up winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. Niedermayer spent this season playing in Switzerland.