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Canadian TV uses wrong Panthers logo, sends NHL team to Super Bowl

FILE – A different team of Panthers – the professional hockey franchise in Florida – play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh in 2009. A Canadian TV broadcast mixed up the Carolina and Florida Panthers this week.
FILE – A different team of Panthers – the professional hockey franchise in Florida – play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh in 2009. A Canadian TV broadcast mixed up the Carolina and Florida Panthers this week. AP

A Canadian newscast covering the Super Bowl had some confusion this week when it flashed the wrong Panthers logo on air during a French-language broadcast.

Instead of Carolina’s roaring black and blue Panther, Le Téléjournal’s staff made a mistake and used the NHL’s Florida Panthers logo alongside the Denver Bronco’s logo.

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team that plays home games in Sunrise, Fla., close to Miami. They’ve never been to the Super Bowl but they have appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals – once, in 1996.

The TV mix-up has been making the rounds on social media, with Canadian and American football fans alike poking fun at the wrong graphic.

Canadian journalist Olivier Niquet highlighted the logo flub on his Twitter and Facebook pages for Le Sportnographe.

Le Téléjournal is part of the Radio-Canada broadcasting network, owned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – the country’s national public radio and television service.

Radio-Canada has a sports journalist in California this week covering the game and it looks like they’ve mostly gotten it right in other broadcasts when referring to the Carolina Panthers.

Recently, the network featured backup Panthers offensive lineman David Foucault, a LaSalle, Quebec native. He’s played in five games since signing with Carolina in 2014. Foucault is on the Panthers’ practice squad.

Anna Douglas: 704-358-5169, @ADouglasNews

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