Hockey was just a gleam in South Florida’s eye until Wayne Huizenga was awarded an NHL expansion franchise in 1992. Within four months, Huizenga had hired Bobby Clarke as Vice President and General Manager and Bill Torrey as President; the dream of hockey in South Florida was becoming a reality.
There’s nothing like picking up a glossy, crisp gameday program on the way in to the arena.
No one saw it coming. The three-year-old franchise of scrappy players not only made the playoffs for the first time, they went to the Stanley Cup Finals! Plastic rats rained down on the ice as the Panthers dispatched one playoff opponent after another during the magical “Year of the Rat.”
A silver anniversary calls for some celebration, some reflection and some good old-fashioned mementos. During their 25th anniversary season, the Panthers paid homage to past and present legends, to fans and to the sport. Here’s to 25 more years of unpredictable fun and glory!
The Panthers’ smallest fans are often their biggest. Kids interact with the Panthers not only at games, but also at multiple community-oriented events that the Panthers coordinate or participate in throughout the year.
The Florida Panthers Den of Honor at the BB&T Center pays tribute to the hockey heroes whose accomplishments have shaped the team. Eight Hall of Famers, two Rookies of the Year, and a back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophy Winners have all called Florida home.
He feints left, dodges the defenseman, leans back and SCOOOOOORES! On the road or at home, from October to the playoffs, your Panthers have connected sticks to pucks to electrify their fans.
There will never be another Luongo. The left-catching goalie spent eleven of his 19 NHL seasons with the Panthers, setting franchise records all over the place. He swatted down 16,086 shots on goal for the Cats, notching 230 wins and 38 shutouts — all franchise records. Luongo is one of the best goalies of his […]
Raise a glass to the Cats! Refreshing beverages have been part of ice hockey since its invention, and Panthers fans have used an eclectic assortment of drinking vessels over the years.
Do you know everything you need to know about the Rat Trick? On October 8, 1995, Opening Night at Miami Arena, Scott Mellanby waited with teammates in the locker room before the game. When a rat crashed the party, Mellanby dispatched it with his hockey stick, then later went on to score two goals that night in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
It takes a special man to captain the Cats. Only ten guys have worn the big “C” on their jerseys, and all of them displayed a rare combination of talent and leadership. The captain is the only player on the ice who is allowed to discuss rule interpretations with the referee, so you want a […]
Stanley C. Panther has been delighting fans and cheering on the Panthers since the team’s inaugural season in 1993. The mascot is named after both Florida’s state animal (the Florida panther) and hockey’s greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.
Hockey is a winter sport, but boy do we love it when the Panthers play on into the spring! In their three most recent trips to the playoffs – 2000, 2012, 2016 – the Cats gave us some thrills and chills, many of which you can revisit here.
Everyone has a guy they love, or maybe several. Take a tour of memorabilia from players you already love and players you’re about to fall in love with. We’ve got bobbleheads, autographs, gameday photos and more!
Before tickets were electronic, they were works of art on paper. The 1990s in particular saw creative flair, with memorable themes for tickets and programs that could set the tone for the whole season. From the first-ever Panthers game to the night of the Rat Trick to the first game in what is now BB&T Center, the Panthers have your ticket covered.
The U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, has produced some of this country’s strongest and most successful leaders. When Vincent Viola (USMA ’77) became the Panthers owner in 2013, he made a point of bringing values from his West Point training and military career to the franchise. Teamwork, courage, sacrifice and hard-earned skill […]
Randy Moller is the voice and soul of the Panthers. Having first played as a defenseman for the club in 1994-1995, he ultimately became a Panthers radio and then television broadcaster.
Everyone already knows it, but we’ll say it anyway: we have the best fans in all of hockey! From the 1-year-olds to the 101-year-olds, you guys keep the lantern lit for our Cats. We hear your cheers, we see your signs, and we feel your love. Thanks for everything, Panthers faithful. We love you!
Sometimes we care most about the man behind the mask…and sometimes the mask is just so darn cool that we forget everything else. Take a look at the custom jobs our goalies have worn over the years. With this much creativity, it’s hard to pick a favorite!
It’s rough out there! When slapshots can send pucks flying at 100mph or more, and 200-pound men routinely ram into each other, the equipment takes a beating.
There’s so much to love about the All-Star Weekend: the swagger, the talent, the skills competitions, the red-carpet glamor. And it’s never better than when our own guys are there. Take a look at some of the Panthers All-Stars and their All-Star Weekend antics over the years.
The Florida Panthers have been some of Florida’s best neighbors since 1993. The organization’s history of community outreach and service dates back to before the team even took the ice for the first time. In the 2013-2014 season, owners Vincent Viola and Doug Cifu formally organized the team’s longstanding charitable efforts with the re-launch of the Florida Panthers Foundation. […]
Suiting up is no small task for the Panthers. Skates, socks, pants, jerseys, helmets and different kinds of protective wear are required before they take the ice.
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