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Bill Torrey http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vinny-curry-jersey , the jovial bow-tie wearing Hall of Famer who was the general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s and eventually became the first president of the Florida Panthers, has died.
Torrey died at his home in South Florida on Wednesday night, the NHL said. He was 83.
No cause was immediately revealed, though he was not known to be in any sort of poor health. Torrey, who spent the last several years of his career as an advisor to Florida general manager Dale Tallon and also serving as the franchise’s alternate governor, was at work like usual in his Panthers’ office earlier this week.
”Bill was a giant of our game,” Tallon said. ”He was the architect of a dynasty, a Hockey Hall of Famer and most importantly, a committed family man. I’m heartbroken by the news of his passing. Bill was a mentor and a dear friend who was instrumental in bringing me to South Florida to work alongside him. He was a wonderful person who never lost his passion for the game and loved being at the rink.”
Torrey left an indelible impact on hockey, particularly the Islanders and the Panthers.
He was the first employee in Islanders history when the franchise was born in 1972, and the team raised a banner in his honor years ago calling him ”The Architect.” Torrey then became Florida’s first president http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-paul-worrilow-jersey , and the Panthers gave him a banner in 2010 with the number ”93” – a nod to 1993, when the team played its first game.
”He was a pioneer, who became a mentor and even better friend, to so many in the industry,” Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said. ”The teams he constructed set records that may never be broken, including the four straight Stanley Cup Championships and 19 straight playoff series wins.”
Florida reached the Stanley Cup final in 1996 under Torrey, falling to Colorado. Earlier that season, Torrey went into the Hall of Fame as a builder who specialized in taking expansion teams and turning them into quick winners.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called Torrey ”a true legend of our game.”
”His imprint is on virtually every team in our league, as he personally mentored and inspired generations of NHL general managers who have followed him and established the team-building blueprint based upon scouting, drafting and player development that today remains the model for lasting success,” Bettman said.
Brian Burke Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers Jersey , a longtime hockey executive, asked Torrey for some advice in the early 1990s and remembered getting about a four-sentence answer on how to build a club.
Burke never forgot any of those words, and they became the guide that he’s used ever since – even when putting together the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team that lost a classic gold-medal game against host Canada at the Vancouver Games.
And what Torrey did, Burke said, will never be matched.
”Bill Torrey won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Islanders,” Burke said in 2011. ”It’ll never be done again. In a salary cap system I think you’re lucky to win two Cups in 10 years. But you’ll never win four in a row again with this format.”
William A. Torrey was born June 23, 1934 in Montreal. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, studying business and psychology. His first hockey front-office job was with the AHL’s Pittsburgh Hornets in the 1960s, and his NHL career started in 1967 when he was hired as executive vice president of the California Seals – another expansion club.
He went to the Islanders in 1972, then to the Panthers in 1993 and never left.
”An original Panther and the forefather of our franchise Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , Mr. Torrey had a champion’s spirit and lived for the game,” Panthers owner Vincent Viola said. ”His indomitable energy and his commitment to hockey and to South Florida was inspiring. It was an honor to work with him and know him.”
Torrey is survived by four sons, a brother, a sister and 10 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been revealed.
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TORONTO — Despite the distance between the teams in the standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs know better than to take the Buffalo Sabres lightly.
The teams play Monday night at the Air Canada Centre, where the Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on March 26.
The Sabres have won two of three games against the Maple Leafs this season, including a split of two games in Buffalo.
While the Maple Leafs are preparing for the playoffs, the Sabres are looking forward to next season.
“We’re just down the road from these guys so it’s always a fun game playing against these guys,” Toronto center Mitch Marner said after the loss to the Sabres. “They play like a team that’s in the postseason. They play a tight game. They’re playing pretty well recently and every game we’ve played them they’ve played us hard. We had a lot of chances we’ve just got to make sure we hit the net a little more.”
The Sabres are coming off a 7-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, while the Maple Leafs lost to the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
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The Maple Leafs lost defenseman Travis Dermott to a lower-body injury during the game against the Jets after he blocked a shot, and his status for Monday had not been determined.
The Sabres, meanwhile, also lost a defenseman during the game at Nashville.
Victor Antipin suffered a concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and dental injuries after being checked into the boards by the Predators’ Scott Hartnell. Antipin was released from the hospital and was able to travel with the team when it left Nashville. He is out indefinitely.
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The five assists matched a club record.
“The guys rallied around Victor and made a point to come out, and that was the difference in the game,” Buffalo coach Phil Housley said.
The Sabres (25-41-12) have the lowest point total in the NHL with 62 and are 3-6-1 in their past 10 games. They are 14-17-7 on the road.
The Maple Leafs (47-25-7) have already set a club record for wins in a season. They are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games.
They plan to pick up their game Monday after a disappointing loss to the Jets.
“I think we can get through the neutral zone a bit better, I thought we turned some pucks over,” Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said after the game Saturday. “In the D-zone I think we can just be tighter, they got some good chances but like I said we had periods of the game where we played well.”