Florida Panthers, American professional ice hockey team based in Sunrise, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Panthers have won one conference title (1996). The team was founded in 1993 and took its name from the endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi). Unlike most expansion teams, the Panthers were immediately competitive, coming within one win of qualifying for the playoffs in each of their first two seasons. Please read our Florida Panthers sports face coverings information carefully, and then choose the covering that suits you.