The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team initially played their home games at Miami Arena, before moving to the BB&T Center in 1998. Located in Sunrise, Florida, the Panthers are the southernmost team in the NHL. The team's local broadcasting rights have been held by Fox Sports Florida since 1996.
The Panthers began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season. The team has made one appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, in 1996, the only season in which the Panthers have ever won a playoff series, eventually losing the Finals to the Colorado Avalanche. Since then, the Panthers have only qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs five times, never advancing past the first round, since 1996.
The club is affiliated with a minor league team, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.
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