The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League turned again the clock over the weekend to honor one other hockey franchise from their metropolis’s previous.
The Otters donned the jerseys of the Erie Panthers — who performed within the ECHL from 1988 to 1996 — on Saturday, December 30, for his or her house recreation in opposition to the Niagara Ice Canines.
The jerseys had been black with the primary logo the Panthers used from 1993 to 1996 on the entrance. The emblem options the entrance half of a gray panther inside a lighter gray circle, with a light-weight gray trapezoid containing a hockey stick and the group identify in lowercase letters.
The jerseys additionally had white stripes bordered in gray across the waist and sleeve, and the collar was mild gray. The numbers on the sleeves had been gray with a black define and sat on high of the white sleeve stripe. Numbers on the again had been white with gray outlines, whereas names had been one-color white.
The jerseys had been paired with chrome helmets and black pants shells; the gloves worn look like the Otters’ standard navy blue gloves with yellow accents. The socks worn had been black with white and gray stripes that matched the jerseys.
Jerseys worn throughout the recreation — which Erie received 6-3 — had been auctioned off with proceeds going to the United Manner of Erie County. Reproduction variations can be found by way of the Otters’ online store.
The Erie Panthers received the 1988-89 Henry Brabham Cup because the ECHL’s common season factors leaders, however by no means managed to get previous the second spherical of the playoffs throughout their time in Pennsylvania. On the finish of the 1996 season, the franchise moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and had been renamed the Baton Rouge Kingfish.
In 2004, the group as soon as once more relocated, this time to Victoria, British Columbia, the place they grew to become referred to as the Victoria Salmon Kings. The franchise ceased operations following the 2010-11 season, making manner for the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.