Circa 1997 Mark Fitzpatrick Game Used Florida Panthers Era Heaton Goalie Stick
Mark Fitzpatrick, born November 13, 1968 in Toronto, was originally the 27th overall draft pick in the 1987 draft, chosen by the Los Angeles Kings. After playing several games for them in the 1988-89 season, he was traded to the Islanders in the epic deal that saw Kelly Hrudey go to the Kings. Fitzpatrick remained with the Islanders as a solid number two goalie until 1993-94 when the Panthers swiped him in the expansion draft. There he remained a backup to John Vanbiesbrouck until 1997-98 before getting traded to Tampa Bay and then Chicago in 1998-99. He was then signed by the Carolina Hurricanes on August 7, 1999. He toiled in the minor leagues for the majority of the season until Eric Fichaud was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes. At that point, Fitzpatrick was recalled and logged three games for the Hurricanes. After the season's conclusion, Fitzpatrick played one year with the IHL's Detroit Vipers before officially retiring from play.
In his NHL career, Fitzpatrick appeared in 329 games and a recorded a 113-136-49 record with 8 shutouts, a 3.12GAA and a 0.896% save average. Not to mention, he appeared in nine playoff games and recorded a 0-3 record with a 4.78GAA and a 0.815% save average
Mark Fitzpatrick played with the Panthers from 1993-94 to 1997-98, backing up the great John Vanbiesbrouck. This stick was used by him during his years with the team.
Acquired from: Fellow collector Hugh Bayne who originally acquired it from Panthers team sale
Dates of Game Use: Unknown
Photomatched: No, referenced
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