The “Florida Panthers” is a professional ice hockey team situated in the Metropolitan Area of Sunrise, Florida. The team is part of the Atlantic Division that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey Association (NHL). The Panthers play their home games at the BB&T located in Sunrise. In the year 1996, the team has reached one Stanley Cup Finals, but unfortunately, they were beaten by the Colorado Avalanche in four games of the finals. The team appeared to be quite weak compared to other teams of the NHL, in fact, they had struggled to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the year 2012.
Florida Panthers: Franchise History; The success and their struggles
The Panthers were officially formed on April 20, 1993 under Bill Torrey and Bobby Clarke. However, the club’s office was originally established two months after its formal announcement. The name Florida Panther was ideally taken out from a species of endangered large cat rife near the Everglades.
The Panthers declared its financial pledge to the panther preservation cause right after the uniforms and logos were revealed on June 15 of the same year.
During the 1993-1994 season, the team entered the National Hockey League (NHL) together with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Both teams were formed as an expansion team Held by Quebec City. At the time, the city enlisted 10 players who would represent the Western Conference Championship in the year 1996.
The team had the most victories during its first seasons where they ended a record.500 and they barely missed during the final playoffs in the Eastern Conference. In fact, the Panthers first game against the Chicago Blackhawks was a tie, knowing for a fact that Chicago Blackhawks were also one of top liners in the league.
Like most histories, struggles and downsides have always been and will always be part of their antiquity. The Panthers had struggled during the years 1997 until 2000, they encountered several defeats on the Stanley Cup and regular seasons.