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CAPTAIN JOVO COP: #FlaPanthers Name Ed Jovanovski 7th Team Captain

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When Ed Jovanovski came into the locker room after Friday morning's practice, an issue of The Hockey News from 1994 was plastered on the team's dry erase board.

Jovanovski, then just two days past his 18th birthday, was featured on the cover squeezing an orange -- celebrated by the magazine as the top pick of the 1994 NHL draft by the Panthers.

Now 36, Jovanovski has come far since that photo was taken.

On Friday, he was named captain of the team that drafted him 19 years ago.

"I think it's every kid's dream at some point to captain a team,'' said Jovanovski, who becomes Florida's seventh captain in franchise history and first since Bryan McCabe was traded to the Rangers in 2011.

"I've been very fortunate to be an assistant captain throughout my career. To be a captain here is special. This is the team that drafted me, I began my career here. This is the team I'm looking to finish with.''

Florida played without a captain last season as coach Kevin Dineen decided to go with four alternate captains in Jovanovski, Stephen Weiss, Brian Campbell and Tomas Kopecky. Dineen said he chose Jovanovski over Weiss. Campbell and Weiss will serve as assistant captains.

Dineen announced the captaincy when he gathered the team around him at the end of Friday's workout at BB&T Center. Jovanovski's teammates banged their sticks on the ice afterward and surrounded him to offer their congratulations.

"We're definitely happy for Jovo. He deserves it,'' Weiss said.

CAPTAIN JOVO COP: #FlaPanthers Name Ed Jovanovski 7th Team Captain