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BILL TORREY JOINS THE PANTHERS, 1993
Bill Torrey became a legend when he turned the struggling New York Islanders into a dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s. After a 21-year career with the Islanders, Torrey answered Panthers owner H. Wayne H ...
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BOBBY CLARKE ANNOUNCED AS GM, 1993
Panthers owner H. Wayne Huizenga had a great deal of experience in business and sports management, but did not have much specific experience with hockey. In early 1993, just months before the franchis ...
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PANTHERS ON THE TODAY SHOW, 1993
To build excitement for the NHL’s two newest teams, Commissioner Gary Bettman went on NBC’s Today Show to unveil drawings of the mascots for the Florida Panthers and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who e ...
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE PANTHERS
Every tree needs a Cat. The ferocious Panthers mascot exuded holiday cheer in this Christmas ornament celebrating the inaugural 1993-1994 season.
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A SEASON IN PICTURES, 1993-1994
The Panthers had a record-breaking season as an NHL expansion team, which this photo-collage poster celebrated. From the Expansion Draft to their first-ever game, a 4-4 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks ...
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PUCK FROM FIRST HOME GAME, 1993
To commemorate the first-ever Panthers home game on October 12, 1993, the team gave 25,000 fans hockey pucks featuring a graphic reproduction of the Opening Night ticket. The Panthers would lose to th ...
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OPENING NIGHT FOR THE PANTHERS, 1993
Watch out — those kitties bite! A real-life Florida panther joined Bill Torrey, H. Wayne Huizenga and others on the ice to officially welcome fans to the beginning of Panthers hockey. When Huizenga an ...
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BROKEN STICK LOGO PROPOSALS, 1993
No hockey stick will survive these Panthers. The “broken stick” logo, which may have ultimately derived from one of these designs, became a much-beloved logo for the Panthers in their inaugural season ...
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INAUGURAL YEAR LOGO, 1993-1994
Amid the hundreds of design submissions for the Panthers logo, a few stood out, including these inaugural year logos that captured the aggressiveness and motion of a panther. It is unclear whether a d ...
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PANTHERS UNIFORM UNVEILING, 1993
H. Wayne Huizenga dropped the puck at the official uniform unveiling event at Miami Arena in front of 1,500 new fans. “I’m very prejudiced, but I don’t think any uniform in the league looks better tha ...
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