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Florida Panthers

Founded:1993GM:Bill Zito
Owned By:Vincent ViolaCoach:Paul Maurice
Home Rink:BB&T CenterCaptain:Aleksander Barkov
AHL Affiliate:Charlotte CheckersECHL Affiliate:Florida Everblades

The Florida 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

2022-23 Season Roster

Rudolfs BalcersAnthony BitettoSergei Bobrovsky
Aleksander BarkovLucas CarlssonSpencer Knight
Sam BennettMichael Del Zotto
Nick CousinsAaron Ekblad
Anthony DuclairGustav Forsling
Patric HornqvistRadko Gudas
Anton LevtchiJosh Mahura
Ryan LombergBrandon Montour
Anton LundellMarc Staal
Eetu Luostarinen
Sam Reinhart
Eric Staal
Chris Tierney
Matthew Tkachuk
Carter Verhaeghe
Colin White

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