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Florida Panthers

Founded:1993GM:Bill Zito
Owned By:Vincent ViolaCoach:Andrew Brunette (Interim)
Home Rink:BB&T CenterCaptain:Aleksander Barkov

The Panthers began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season, where they set the then-record for most successful expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017–18. The team has made one appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, in 1996, the only season in which the Panthers have ever won a playoff series, eventually losing the Finals to the Colorado Avalanche.

Deeper Dive

2021-22 Season Roster

ForwardsDefensemenGoaltenders
Noel AcciariKevin ConnautonSergei Bobrovsky
Aleksander BarkovAaron EkbladSpencer Knight
Sam BennettGustav Forsling
Anthony DuclairRadko Gudas
Patric HornqvistOlli Juolevi
Jonathan HuberdeauMatt Kiersted
Ryan LombergBrandon Montour
Anton LundellMarkus Nutivaara
Eetu LuostarinenMacKenzie Weegar
Mason Marchment
Sam Reinhart
Joe Thornton
Owen Tippett
Frank Vatrano
Carter Verhaeghe

Jersey History

The Florida Panthers are, and pretty much always have been, one of the most colourful teams in the National Hockey League. On the figurative side of things, whether it’s arena shenanigans, overbearing ownership, or general manager Dale Tallon’s twisted revenge plot, the Panthers are never, ever boring. Read more…

Aleksander Barkov Florida Panthers
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The Players

More Panthers History

History of the Rats

With the Florida Panthers finally back in the NHL playoffs, a new generation of fans is finally getting to experience one of the best traditions in hockey. For older Panthers fans, the return of the rats to South Florida is a sight for sore eyes and leads them to fondly remember the Panthers magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. Yet, for the younger generation, a brief history lesson may be in order about the story behind the flying vermin. Read more…

Panthers Rats
Plastic rats surround the Panther players after a playoff win. (Frank Rekas theRatTrick.com)

Captains

  • Brian Skrudland, 1993-1997
  • Scott Mellanby, 1997-2001
  • Pavel Bure & Paul Laus, 2001-2002
  • Olli Jokinen, 2003-2008
  • Bryan McCabe, 2009-2011
  • Ed Jovanovski, 2013-2014
  • Willie Mitchell, 2014-2016
  • Derek MacKenzie, 2016-2018
  • Aleksander Barkov, 2018-present

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