If you haven't had the chance to look at the first two teams posted head over to the Atlanta Thrashers and the Phoenix Coyotes. Introducing the Florida Panthers.
Cole's description: Here's my take on the Florida Panthers... since this series is meant to put NHL teams in the uniforms that I think they should be wearing, not everything is going to stand out for its uniqueness. some teams either currently have it right, or had it right before the screwed it all up. the florida panthers fall in the latter category.
i think the florida panthers (similar to the houston texans) hit it out of the park with their inaugural season's uniform set. the florida panthers used to wear uniforms that i'd classify as "modern classics," before resorting to connect-the-dots Reebok templating and then falling into the 2-tone blue trend that everyone seems to be jumping on.
with that in mind, one of the most stunning hockey jerseys i've ever seen in person was the florida panthers white jersey from the mid 90's. photos and graphical representations don't do it justice. what stands out about the uniform is the metallic gold used in the panther's fur on the crest. it didn't even remotely clash with the sunflower yellow that's used on the rest of the uniform like you'd expect... that said, the stunning part was how the gold complemented the navy and red. i took that idea and ran with it, while drawing inspiration from the original striping pattern that guys like brian skrudland, scott mellanby, and stu barnes wore.
i returned to red at home, white on the road, and navy as an alternate, and i killed the "breaking-stick" logo, becaue i find it ruins one of the most underrated logos in sports. i went with new shades of red, blue, and metallic gold that the panthers do not currently use. (click the images for higher resolution)
After the jump, the Florida Panthers...
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