The Florida Panthers unveiled their 30th-anniversary logo way back in July, well ahead of the start of this season. As I wrote at the time, the logo announcement didn’t mention anything about a jersey patch, so I assumed they wouldn’t be wearing the anniversary mark on their uniforms. And sure enough, when the season started, they didn’t wear an anniversary patch.
Until last night, that is. As you can see in the photo above, the anniversary patch suddenly appeared on the team’s jerseys for last night’s home game against the Kings. What was that about? Turns out it was the first of three “decade night” promotions that the team is holding — one for each decade of the team’s existence. Last night was “1990s Night,” so there was a lot of ’90s music in the arena and the first of three giveaway pucks. Here’s last night’s puck, followed by the other two and the dates that they’ll be given away:
The team will wear the anniversary patch for those subsequent two games, but not for any other games. Have any other teams worn an anniversary patch only in conjunction with a set of specified promotion games? If so, I can’t think of them.
Also, since the Panthers made their on-ice debut in 1993, it seems odd that all three of these “decade games” are taking place in 2024. Wouldn’t you want at least one of them to fall in 2023, to mark the actual anniversary year? Weird.
(My thanks to Phil for bringing this one to my attention.)