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SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Panthers franchise has gone through countless changes since its inception in 1993 but one thing that has always remained the same is team’s logo.

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But now, for the first time in Panthers history, the team will have a new primary logo.

The Panthers officially introduced the new logo and new uniforms at an unveiling event Thursday night at the BB&T Center.

The sleek new primary home logo is a shield with a panther front and center and “Panthers” written just above the feline. The road logo is the same design, but instead says “Florida.”

The alternate home mark is embroidered on both sleeves. It’s Florida’s state flag with a panther prowling atop it. Just above the panther is an arch that says “Florida.”

The alternate away mark looks basically the same except it says “Panthers.”

Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad, Steven Kampfer, Shawn Thornton and Vincent Trocheck introduced the new logo and modeled the new uniforms.

The home jerseys are red with a horizontal white stripe that crosses both arms and the player’s midsection. It’s also accented with gold stripes and gold around the white numbers. The team also opted for a white old school jersey tie.

(Source: Florida Panthers)

(Source: Florida Panthers)

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The road unis are white with the same horizontal line, but that line is red. The gold accents are in the same place, but the numbers are navy blue. The old school jersey tie is red on this one.

The ceremony began at 7 p.m. and admission was free.

Panthers owner Vincent Viola came out and quickly pumped up the crowd, enticing “go cats” chants.

CBS Miami sports anchor and Panthers play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein was the emcee, and radio broadcast team Doug Plagens and Bill Lindsay introduced a video tribute to Florida’s Atlantic Division Championship season.

Vinny Viola and son John Viola held a round table discussion following the unveiling that featured Trocheck, Ekblad, Thornton and Kampfer as well as former Panthers players Olli Jokinen and Radek Dvorak.

Former Florida captain Ed Jovanovski also made an appearance on stage.

New logo merchandise, such as polos, t-shirts and hats were available for sale and fans quickly began picking up their new digs.

There were a number of activities on the JetBlue tarmac outside the arena, which opened at 5 p.m., including a bounce house, a slap shot station and a ball hockey court.

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While jerseys were not available yet, the first 1,000 fans to place a preorder received a special commemorative patch.