Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Stumpel newest Panther

The Florida Panthers announced Wednesday that the club has signed centre Jozef Stumpel to a two-year contract.

''Jozef is another player that adds depth and experience to our team,'' said Panther general manager Mike Keenan. ''He is a proven playmaker who has the ability to play at both ends of the ice. This acquisition gives us flexibility in our line-up as he can play centre or on the wing, as well as on our special teams.''

Stumpel, 33, has appeared in 758 career NHL contests for both the Boston Bruins (1991-97 & 2001-03) and the Los Angeles Kings (1997-2000 & 2003-04) scoring 151 goals with 397 assists.

The Nitra, Slovakia native has notched more than 50 points seven times throughout his 11-year NHL playing career, including four consecutive 50 point seasons (1999-2003). He recorded a career best 79 points while with the Kings during the 1997-98 campaign.

Stumpel also has extensive experience playing in International play, representing Slovakia in the Olympics, World Cup and World Championship competition. He was drafted by Boston with their 2nd choice (40th overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
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