Florida Panthers, American expert ice hockey group situated in Sunrise, Florida (close Fort Lauderdale), that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Panthers have won one meeting title (1996).
The group was established in 1993 and took its name from the jeopardized Florida jaguar (Puma concolor coryi). Dissimilar to most extension groups, the Panthers were quickly focused, coming extremely close to meeting all requirements for the playoffs in every one of their initial two seasons. In 1995–96 the group, driven by the champion goaltending of John Vanbiesbrouck, earned a postseason billet and continued to agitate two higher seeds in the Eastern Conference on the way to the Stanley Cup finals, in which they were cleared by the Colorado Avalanche. The Panthers came back to the playoffs the accompanying season yet were dispensed with in the first round of the postseason.
The group next equipped for the playoffs in 1999–2000, when it by and by lost in its opening arrangement. The Panthers at that point went into a long postseason dry season between 2000–01 and 2010–11 that saw the group complete among third and fifth spot in its division over the range. In 2011–12 Florida bounced back to catch the primary division title in establishment history, yet it lost its opening playoff arrangement to the New Jersey Devils. In any case, during the accompanying lockout-abbreviated season, the Panthers posted the most noticeably terrible record in the NHL (15–27–6). Florida bounced back to catch another division title in 2015–16, yet the group was disturbed in the first round of the playoffs. That was a brief improvement, as the group in this way came back to posting mediocre records and completing outside of playoff capability.