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WEISS HONORED: Panthers Offer Tribute to Former Center

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Stephen Weiss, playing in Sunrise for the first time since leaving town as a free agent in July, didn't factor into Detroit's scoring for the second straight game against the Panthers.

During the first commercial break, the Panthers had a tribute video to Weiss with a number of his highlights with the organization. It started with video from Weiss being the fourth-overall pick of the 2001 draft -- held here in Sunrise.

Weiss was able to watch the team's tribute video from his spot on the ice as he came on for Detroit's power play.

A number of his new teammates stood by as a number of Weiss' highlights - including his first NHL goal in 2002 on his 19th birthday in his NHL debut - were shown on the new scoreboard.

Before the game, Weiss said he didn't really know where to go once inside the building as he dressed in the visiting locker room for the first time.

"It felt strange for sure,” Weiss said. “It certainly feels a little bit strange being on the other side.”

Todd Bertuzzi, who didn't get a tribute video from the Panthers, scored just over a minute later on that power play. Bertuzzi played seven games with Florida after being the key piece in the Panthers' ill-fated Roberto Luongo trade with Vancouver.

Bertuzzi scored a goal with three assists in Florida's opening night win in 2006, yet he injured his back a few weeks later and never played with the team again. Bertuzzi was dealt by then-coach/GM Jacques Martin (Mike Keenan was fired a few months after the Luongo deal) to Detroit for Shawn Matthias.

 

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