Panthers to retire No. 37 in honor of former owner H. Wayne Huizenga – Sun Sentinel
The Florida Panthers will add another number to the rafters next month when the franchise retires No. 37 in honor of founder and former owner H. Wayne Huizenga.
The team announced the move on Sunday morning, 25 years to the day since South Florida was awarded a hockey franchise. The ceremony will take place on Jan. 19 before the Panthers take on the expansion Vegas Golden Knights at the BB&T Center.
“Today, on the 25th anniversary of our franchise’s inauguration, we have an opportunity to take stock of our history and celebrate what makes our organization special,” Panthers owner Vincent Viola said in a statement.
“If you look at the history of our franchise, it’s clear that the founding years and H. Wayne Huizenga’s stewardship represents a golden era for our club. We aspire to his example, both on the ice and in the community, which is why we’re honored to hang the number 37 from BB&T Center’s rafters as a permanent tribute to H. Wayne Huizenga and the Huizenga family’s community leadership and high standard of excellence.”
No. 37 will only be the second number retired by the Panthers, and both are honoring front office members. In 2010, Florida retired No. 93 to honor former Panthers president, current special advisor to the general manager, and Hall of Famer Bill Torrey.
Huizenga’s family selected No. 37 because it was his “birth year and lucky number,” according to a release.
“I was honored to partner with Wayne in the founding years of this franchise and I’m thrilled that our names will permanently fly side-by-side over Panthers games,” Torrey said in a statement. “Our club will forever aspire to