The Florida Panthers have a new look.
The Panthers on Thursday unveiled their new logo and uniforms, as well as an alternate logo, with members of the up-and-coming team that took big steps this season in winning the Atlantic Division and alumni members like Ed Jovanovski, Olli Jokinen, Radek Dvorak and Bill Lindsay in attendance for the big presentation.
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In addition, the team introduced a new alternate logo that will serve as the patch on the shoulder of the home and away jerseys. The alternate logo includes the Florida state flag with a sleek prowling Panther above it. Above the new shoulder patch there is also something unique to the Panthers. In addition to militaristic tabs above the prowling panther that will either read “Florida” or “Panthers” based on whether the team is home or away, a separate tab just for the team’s captains will be added on top of that.
“The idea when we came into Florida and took responsibility for the stewardship of the franchise, was to start anew and create traditions that were unique to this new start,” said Panthers owner Vincent Viola in a statement.
“I think the logo harkens to the vanguard of courage; the idea that you put a shield on the hockey uniform. It’s something to protect, but you also protect it. We wanted something that began a new tradition of winning and demonstrated courage and selfless dedication to a team pursuit of victory.”
The Panthers also announced that they will play an exhibition game versus the New Jersey Devils at Tate Rink at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on Oct. 8, 2016.