Apr 21, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss shoots a rat down the ice after the Panthers 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Panthers History

The Florida Panthers were born in 1993.  They call the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida their home.  The team has never changed their name, and were once owned by Blockbuster Entertainment mogul, H. Wayne Huizenga.  Before the BB&T Center being home the team played in the same home as the Miami Heat…  the Miami Arena.  By the way, the BB&T Center is the new name of the BankAtlantic Center.

The San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) are the minor league affiliates.

Cliff Viner, Chairman of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment own the team.  The “C” is currently vacant, while Kevin Dineen is Head Coach, and Dale Tallon (former GM of the Chicago Blackhawks) is the General Manager.

The team plays in the Eastern Conference, Southeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL), and won one conference championship back in 1996.  The team has its’ ups and downs, but in 2012 they won the Southeast Division title.  The team is still pursuing their 1st ever Stanley Cup and President’s Trophy.

Their 1st ever win came at the expense of the Tampa Bay Lightning (which was a 2-0 shutout).


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