2002 - Left wing Niklas Hagman is named NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Stephen Weiss

2002 - 19-year-old center Stephen Weiss makes his NHL debut and scores a goal as the Panthers defeat Pittsburgh at home.

2001 - Pavel Bure's shorthanded goal against Roman Cechmanek gives the Russian Rocket 59 tallies on the season, breaking his own franchise record.

2000 - The Panthers’ 5-2 home victory over New Jersey establishes a new franchise record for wins in a season (42).


2008 - Florida sets a new franchise record by winning their 19th road game of the season in a 4-3 win at Carolina.


2000 - The Cats set another team record, exploding for a six-goal second period in a 6-3 home victory over Boston.


2002 - 19-year-old defenseman Lukas Krajicek makes his NHL debut with the Cats.

Roberto Luongo

2012 - After a 12 year playoff drought spanning 10 seasons, the Panthers finally get the monkey off their back as they defeat the Hurricanes 4-1 to clinch their first Southeast Division crown.

2007 -
Martin Gelinas scores his 300th NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

- Roberto Luongo caps an outstanding rookie season with a team-record fifth shutout. His 25 saves ends his year with the second-highest save percentage ever for a rookie (.920). The 3-0 win over the New York Rangers closes Florida's third season at the Office Depot Center. Pavel Bure's 59 goals earn him the Maurice Richard Trophy for the second straight season, making him the first NHL player to accomplish the feat.

2011 - The Panthers play in their 49th one-goal game of the season, a 1-0 victory over Washington to end the 2010- 11 campaign. It's the most one-goal games (excluding ties) in franchise history, surpassing the 47 games in 2007-08.

2000 -
The Cats conclude their most successful regular season ever in terms of wins (43) and points in the standings (98).

2010 - Bryan McCabe records his 1,000th NHL point with an assist in a 4-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning.


2009 - With his two goal effort in Florida's 7-4 win over Washington, David Booth became the sixth player in Panthers history to score at least 30 goals in a season.

1997 - The Panthers clinch fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2. The Cats finish their fourth season with a record of 35-28-19, good for 89 points.


2006 - Against Ottawa, Roberto Luongo sets a franchise record with his 107th victory in a Panther uniform surpassing the mark of 106 set by John Vanbiesbrouck.

Brian Skrudland
1996 - The Panthers conclude the 1995-96 season with 92 points (41-31-10) and a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The team qualifies for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time and proceeds to defeat the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, before losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final.

1994 - The Panthers complete the most successful season ever by a first-year NHL team with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Miami Arena. After the game, the players salute the fans for their tremendous support. Said captain Brian Skrudland, “We didn’t know what to expect when we came down to Florida, and we certainly didn’t expect to have the best fans in the National Hockey League.”


2012 - The Panthers win their first playoff game since April 17, 1997. Forward Stephen Weiss scores two goals in his playoff debut and Goalie Jose Theodore stops 23 shots to defeat the Devils, 4-2 in Game Two at the BankAtlantic Center.


2002 - The Panthers win the NHL Draft Lottery and will select first overall at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Cats also sign first-round picks Stephen Weiss and Lukas Krajicek to entry-level contracts.

1998 - The Panthers play their final game at Miami Arena, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-3. Florida compiles a record of 81-78-29 (.508 winning pct.) in Miami. Afterwards, the players toss merchandise to the fans and original Panthers John Vanbiesbrouck, Scott Mellanby, Gord Murphy, Paul Laus, Bill Lindsay and Rob Niedermayer are honored.

1999 - The Panthers finish their first season at the National Car Rental Center with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, giving them a final record of 30-34-18 (78 points). Despite missing the playoffs, the team boasted a 15-point improvement over the previous year in its first campaign under coach Terry Murray.

1996 - Before a packed house at Miami Arena, the Panthers defeat the Boston Bruins, 6-3, in their first-ever playoff game.

2000 - The first NHL playoff game at the Office Depot Center results in a 2-1 Panthers loss to eventual Stanley Cup winner New Jersey.

Bill Torrey and Ed Jovanovski
1993 - Bill Torrey is named the franchise's first president. Club is officially named the Florida Panthers.

2000 - The Panthers' playoff run comes to an end with a 4-1 home loss to New Jersey. The Panthers sold out both home games in the series (19,250).

1995 - The Panthers kick-off their state-wide license plate program, benefiting the Florida Sports Foundation.

1993 - Dean Jordan named franchise's first Vice-President of Business Operations and Alternate Governor

1997 - Esa Tikkanen scores at 12:02 of overtime as the New York Rangers eliminate the Panthers from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tikkanen would sign with the Panthers four months later.

2007 -The Florida Panthers announce the hiring of former Panther Joe Nieuwendyk as the team's new special assistant to the General Manager.

Bill Lindsay
1996 - In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Bill Lindsay scores a spectacular goal with 4:57 left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and give the Panthers their first-ever playoff series victory, a 4-3 home win over the Boston Bruins, taking the series 4 games to 1.

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