Fla. sends message with its Panthers

April 20, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MIAMI -- The name of H. Wayne Huizenga's hockey franchise was unveiled yesterday.

The Florida Panthers may not have the same ring as Miami Ice, but it could go a long way toward publicizing the plight of one of the most endangered animals.

"We hope to draw attention to the panthers as an endangered species," said Bill Torrey, who was named the team's president yesterday after spending 26 years with the New York Islanders.

Biologists believe there are only 30 to 50 Florida panthers remaining.

The Panthers was the overwhelming favorite of the more than 6,000 name-the-team entries received.

"We vacillated between Florida and South Florida but when the name Panthers came out, we went with Florida because it's the Florida state animal," Huizenga said.

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