For the first time since Bill Torrey and H. Wayne Huizenga unveiled the name for South Florida’s new hockey team in the summer of 1993, the Florida Panthers will have a new primary logo.
The Panthers will officially introduce their new logos and uniforms at a party Thursday night at BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Admission is free and fans can request tickets on the team’s website. Activities begin outside the arena at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 6.
The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7.
Huizenga hosted a party to unveil the name and logo of the Panthers on June 14, 1993 at Miami Arena.
“I may be prejudiced,” Torrey said then, “but I don`t think any uniform in this league looks better.”
Until Thursday, the logo and jerseys had basically remained the same.
A number of players — including Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer — will be on hand to model the new gear.
Although the team’s color scheme will basically remain the same, the primary and secondary logos will change.
Gone is the ‘leaping cat’ logo as well as the palm tree/hockey stick secondary logo.
Florida’s new primary logo is a panther head coming out of a shield based on the Army’s 101st Airborne Division patch.
The new secondary logo is a stylized version of the Florida state flag.
The team will have merchandise with the new logo on it for sale following the event although jerseys won’t be available for some time.
The first 1,000 who preorder jerseys will receive a special commemorative patch. New logo gear will also be available on NHL.com following the event.