The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League honored another hockey franchise from their city’s past over the weekend.
On Saturday, December 30, the Otters wore the jerseys of the Erie Panthers during their home game against the Niagara Ice Dogs, who played in the ECHL from 1988 to 1996.
The jerseys were black with the primary logo used by the Panthers from 1993 to 1996 on the front. The logo features the front half of a gray panther in a light gray circle, with a light gray trapezoid containing a hockey stick and the team name in lowercase.
The jerseys also had white stripes with gray trim around the waist and sleeves, and the collar was light gray. The numbers on the sleeves were gray with black outlines and were placed above the white sleeve stripe. The numbers on the back were white with gray outlines, while the names were solid white.
The Erie County United Way logo appeared on the right shoulder, while an Otters logo appeared on the left shoulder.
The jerseys were paired with chrome helmets and black pants shells; the gloves worn appeared to be the Otters‘ usual navy blue gloves with yellow accents. The worn socks were black with white and gray stripes matching the jerseys.
The jerseys worn during the game— which Erie won 6-3— were auctioned off, with proceeds going to the United Way of Erie County. Replica versions are available through the Otters‘ online shop.
The Erie Panthers won the Henry Brabham Cup in 1988-89 as the ECHL regular season champions, but never managed to get past the second round of the playoffs during their time in Pennsylvania. At the end of the 1995-96 season, the franchise relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was renamed Baton Rouge Kingfish.
In 2004, the team moved again, this time to Victoria, British Columbia, where it became known as the Victoria Salmon Kings. The franchise ceased operations after the 2010-11 season, making way for the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.