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Ed Jovanovski

Born:June 26, 1976Draft:1994 Panthers #1 Overall
Hometown:Windsor, ONPosition:Defenceman
Known For:5x NHL All-StarShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Edward Jovanovski (born June 26, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, and is of Macedonian descent. Jovanovski played major junior ice hockey for two seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), earning First All-Star, Second All-Star and All-Rookie Team honours. He was then selected first overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.

During his rookie NHL season, he earned All-Rookie Team honours and helped the Panthers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche. After three-and-a-half seasons in Florida, Jovanovski was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-player deal involving Pavel Bure. During his tenure with Vancouver, he was awarded the Babe Pratt Trophy as the team’s best defenceman for three consecutive years. He also led the club’s defencemen in scoring four consecutive years.

In July 2006, Jovanovski became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. He led the team’s defencemen in scoring during his first three years with the club. Jovanovski returned to the Panthers for three seasons, before retiring in 2015. Known as a two-way defenceman, he has recorded three 40-point and one 50-point season in the NHL.

Internationally, Jovanovski played for the Canadian national team. A one-time Winter Olympian, he won a gold medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. At the under-20 level, he won gold at the 1995 World Junior Championship. He went on to play in four Men’s World Championships, winning silver in 2005 and 2008. He represented Canada at the 2004 World Cup, playing in one game due to injury in the championship-winning tournament.

Ed Jovanovski - Florida Panthers
Ed Jovanovski, Florida Panthers (Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty /Allsport)

Ed Jovanovski Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
January 17, 1999Florida PanthersFirst-Round Pick
(Nathan Smith)
Mike Brown
Dave Gagner
Kevin Weekes
Vancouver CanucksThird-Round Pick
(Robert Fried)
Pavel Bure
Brad Ference
Bret Hedican

Deeper Dive


  • Captain of the Panthers (2012-2014)
  • World Championship Silver Medal (2005, 2008)
  • 5x NHL All-Star Game (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008)
  • World Cup Gold Medal (2005)
  • NHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (2003)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2002)
  • World Cup Runner Up (1997)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1996)
  • CHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
  • OHL First All-Star Team (1995)
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal (1995)
  • CHL All-Rookie Team (1994)
  • OHL Second All-Star Team (1994)