Since before the puck dropped for the first ever Florida Panthers game in 1993, people have been collecting items and papers and photographs that represent Panthers history. In 2018, the Panthers organization brought in a specialist partner to help formalize the Florida Panthers Archives, so that these memories could be shared with fans.
Today, the Archives is safely organized, preserved and digitized for use. You can see highlights from the collection during games, throughout FLA Live Arena, on social media and here in the Virtual Vault. You can even share Virtual Vault items on your own social media feeds.
The Florida Panthers Archives contains:
- Almost 1,000 unique objects including game-used gear
- Over 55,000 images and photos
- Many team publications and promotional items
- So much content that, lined up end to end, the Archives would be longer than three hockey rinks!
The Virtual Vault and the Panthers Archives ensure continued preservation of, and access to, priceless assets from the team’s history. These resources are a key part of the team’s efforts to look towards the future while honoring Florida Panthers heritage. When Vinnie Viola purchased the team in 2013, he stated that he and his family “look forward to sharing incredible moments and exciting victories with the fans in South Florida for many years to come.” Here, incredible moments from throughout Panthers history are shared in honor of the fans, players and personnel who have poured themselves into the franchise since its beginnings.