The Florida Panthers unveiled a new logo and uniforms on Thursday in front of a few thousand fans at the BB&T Center.
Panthers players Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer revealed the new uniforms to the crowd. Panthers alumni Ed Jovanovski, Olli Jokinen, Radek Dvorak and Billy Lindsay were also in attendance.
"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," Panthers owner Vincent Viola said. "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."
As per the club's press release, the new logo "includes a more mature and stoic panther inside a shield with 'Florida' set in a tab across the top of the mark."
The club's new primary logo will be use on their away jerseys, while the same logo design, but with "Panthers" in the tab, will be used for home games.