Selected by Florida Panthers round 1 #3 overall 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2003 and played seven seasons in the Panthers organization before being traded to Calgary in 2009. He holds the longest active "iron man" streak in the NHL, having appeared in 424 consecutive regular season games, and has played in two All-Star Games.
He played for the Panthers later that year. Bouwmeester played for Team Canada in the 2003 Men's World Hockey Championship in Finland and helped the team go on to win the gold medal. He was also named to the 2004 World Championship team that won the gold medal again. In September of 2004 Bouwmeester played for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey. Canada won the tournament. On February 8, 2006, Hockey Canada announced Bouwmeester would be added to the 2006 Olympic lineup in place of injured defenceman Scott Niedermayer. Bouwmeester is a young up-and-comer with tremendous offensive upside. He is a skilled and speedy player with good defensive sensibilities, allowing his teammates the time and space to get up ice.
Received this blue sharpie signed magazine IP at the NHL Draft in Toronto.