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Ed Jovanovski

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Ed Jovanovski played major junior hockey for his hometown team, Windsor Sptifires. As a rookie, Jovanovski scored 50 points in 62 games, and also showed a physical presence, being voted top body checker in the Emms Division by OHL coaches. Jovanovski’s strong season in junior led the Florida Panthers to draft him 1st overall in the 1994 NHL Draft. After spending 1 more season with the Spitfires, Jovanovski cracked the Panthers lineup, helping them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, losing to the Colorado Avalanche in 4 games. Partway through the 1998/99 season, Jovanovski was traded to the Vancouver Canucks as part of the deal that saw Pavel Bure land in Florida. Jovanovski would emerge as an elite NHL defenseman during his 7 year tenure in Vancouver, winning 3 Babe Pratt Trophies as the Canucks best defenseman. Jovanovski was also a fixture with Team Canada during this time, winning Gold Medals at both the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In the summer of 2006, Jovanovski joined the Phoenix Coyotes where he’d continue to be a top NHL defenseman. The 2007/08 season saw him record a career high 51 points, which lead the Coyotes defensemen. After 5 seasons in Phoenix, Jovanovski’s career came full circle, as he rejoined the Florida Panthers, where he’d spend his final 2 seasons as team captain before retiring in 2014.

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