Chirping the Cats podcast: Episode 18 - April 17, 2020

Panthers goaltending legend John Vanbiesbrouck joins the CTC podcast

Former Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck joined the Chirping the Cats podcast. (Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Episode 18 of Chirping the Cats features the Florida Panthers original marquee player and a big part of the team's early success, goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck.

David and John discuss playing for legendary head coach Herb Brooks, a couple of amazing playoff runs, including Florida’s march to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final, his iconic Panthers goalie helmet, becoming an executive for USA Hockey and much more.


1:10 – Playing for USA Hockey legend Herb Brooks as a 21-year-old NHL rookie

3:55 – 1986 playoff run with Rangers, defeating top two seeds in Eastern Conference

7:05 – Transitioning from Original Six team (Rangers) to brand new franchise (Florida)

10:50 – Developing a strong mentality, exceling as a smaller goaltender

16:10 – The "Rat Trick"

17:40 – Goalie fights during '96 playoff run; importance of having 'scrapability'

20:50 – One moment that stands out from Panthers '96 playoffs

22:00 – NHL's odd timing to enforce a stick taping rule during Stanley Cup Final

25:45 – Goaltending style changes; evolving with the game from stand-up to butterfly

32:35 – Sticking with Brown goalie equipment throughout his career

35:30 – Design story behind his iconic Panthers goalie helmet

37:20 – Transitioning from player to executive with USA Hockey

40:30 – Taking pride in Panthers drafting of USA Hockey goaltender Spencer Knight

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.