1993. The Florida Panthers were founded. But what else was going on that year? We take a look back on what worldly things were happening along with what was going on in the NHL.
Bill Clinton was president.
Ferry in Haiti sinks killing 1000 people
Wayne Gretzky was ranked the best player recording 38 goals and 92 assists for 130 points. Ed Belfour was ranked #1 goaltender having 37 wins and 22 loses with a .906 save percentage. The New York Rangers were the Stanley Cup Champions that year recording their fourth Championship beating out the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. The Rangers had taken a 3-1 series lead but the Canucks came back to force a Game 7 but would eventually lose.
Earthquake centered on Killari, Maharashtra, India kills nearly 10,000 people
Ben Johnson, is banned from athletics for life
Ty Warner USA launches the first Beanie Babies
The Panthers would go on to be 9th out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference and 5th out of the 7 teams in the Atlantic Division. They ended the season with 33 wins and 34 loses with 17 ties. The Panthers would become the best first year team in the NHL finishing just one point shy of .500. The first win in Panther history was against, fittingly, the same state rival the Tampa Bay Lightning where the Panthers won 2-0 in a shutout.
Severe Blizzard strikes the eastern U.S., bringing record snowfall and other severe weather all the way from Cuba to Québec
The unemployment rate was 6.9%
The Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas to then become the Dallas Stars.
What else happened in 1993? I was born! It was a pretty awesome year!
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