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In 2017, the Florida Panthers retired H. Wayne Huizenga’s “jersey” #37, which now hangs in the rafters at the arena. The number 37 was selected by the Huizenga family in recognition of Wayne’s birth year and lucky number.

On Dec. 10, 1992, the NHL awarded H. Wayne Huizenga an NHL franchise, later named the Panthers. The Florida Panthers made history Monday night, June 24,2024 in front of more than 19,000 fans at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida, beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 to win their first Stanley Cup.

This year marked the Panthers’ third time playing for the Stanley Cup. In 2023, the Panthers fell to the Las Vegas Golden Knights and in 1996 and to the Colorado Avalanche.

South Florida now has one of everything when it comes to titles from the four major pro sports leagues in the U.S. The Miami Dolphins were Super Bowl champions twice, in 1972 (The Perfect Season 17-0) and 1973, the then-Florida Marlins were World Series champions twice in 1997 and then again in 2003, the Miami Heat have three NBA titles, 2006, 2012 and 2013 and now the Panthers have joined the party.  

As a business and civic gesture Wayne Huizenga was the principal owner the Miami Dolphins (NFL) and founded the Florida Marlins (MLB) and Florida Panthers (NHL) and the only person to simultaneously own three major sports franchises in history and put South Florida on the sporting world map.

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