The Florida Panthers are getting a new logo for the start of the 2016-17 season, which the team plans to officially reveal at the draft – but for logo fanatics who want a sneak peak at what’s to come, there may be a preview of the new look already floating around.
Paul Lukas, who uses a well-followed Twitter account to keep fans up-to-date on changes to logos and uniforms, suggested on Tuesday that the above image is the likely new logo (or, at the very least, a rough mock-up of it) for the Atlantic Division club moving forward.
The design is a departure from the team’s previous logo, which features a leaping panther centered in the design with claws bared. It also seems to be a bit of a departure from the team’s current alternate logo, which is a palm tree crossed with a hockey stick – but there’s no word yet on which of the two logos this one could replace, or how it will feature into the team’s new designs for the upcoming season.
Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbrandson said the team’s original logo – which has remained the same for the team’s 23 years of existence – has ‘served the team well’, but is embracing the change. He certainly won’t be the only one, as the team is starting to turn a new leaf on the ice and in the stands – so a fresh start with a new look could be exactly what the organization needs.