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from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Brett Peterson busted a barrier this past week when he became an assistant general manager with the Florida Panthers.

Peterson, who lives in Newton, is a 39-year-old former player agent who won a national title (2001) as a defenseman at Boston College. He also happens to be Black. If you don’t think that’s important, you aren’t seeing the bigger picture.

”It’s not like we always haven’t had diverse players,” said former Bruins winger Anson Carter, who is also Black. “It might not be at the numbers in other sports. They do exist. It’s great they’ve had those opportunities.

“But the problem I’ve always had with hockey: The sport would always recycle the same people over and over and over again. Maybe your first opportunity as a head coach, you learn from your mistakes and it makes you a better coach the second time around. When you see a guy getting hired and fired three, four, five times, there’s a reason. Why bring them back?

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Progress Being Made In The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The relationship between Bill Zito and Brett Peterson goes back to when the two met for a cup of coffee in Chicago more than a decade ago. Zito was working as an agent for Acme Sports at the time and was running a summer camp for clients in the area. Zito clients Patrick and Ben Eaves asked Zito if Peterson, a defenseman who was bouncing around the minors at the time, could take part in the camp. The Eaves brothers then urged Zito to meet with Peterson to gauge his interest in becoming an agent.

“We’re having a coffee and all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Yeah, I was wondering if you’d represent me,’ ” Zito recalled. “And I’m thinking, “Aw, man, that’s all I need, another East Coast League guy.’ What am I going to say? No?”

Peterson went on to play one more unspectacular season in 2008-09, splitting his time among the American and International Leagues and the ECHL, but the bond he and Zito formed stuck. Zito went on to hire Peterson to work with him at the agency and then plucked him out of the agent ranks to be one of his two assistant GMs with the Florida Panthers. And in doing so, he made Peterson the first Black assistant GM in NHL history. Just days after Kim Ng became the first woman in history to be named GM of a Major League Baseball team, the front offices in sports leagues are opening up. In the next couple of days, it’s expected that former NHLer Joel Ward will be named an assistant coach with the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL, the primary affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Dale Tallon Cleared Of Allegations Against Him

NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that the anonymous report it received that Dale Tallon made inappropriate racial, religious, and ethnic comments while serving as General Manager of the Florida Panthers has been fully investigated and was not substantiated.

The anonymous report alleged that Tallon, then-General Manager of the Panthers, had used racially derogatory language while the team was in the Toronto Secure Zone during the first week of August, and had in the past made openly racial, religious, and ethnic comments.

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Pittsburgh/Florida Trade

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Matheson is signed through the 2025-26 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $4.875 million. Sceviour's deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an average annual value of $1.2 million.

"First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric," said Rutherford. "He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.

"Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with great offensive instincts who plays with speed and has a good shot, while Colton is a solid veteran player who has a lot of experience on the penalty kill."

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Florida Panthers Expected To Part Ways With Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen

from rank Seravalli of TSN,

The Florida Panthers are expected to soon part ways with veteran assistant coach Mike Kitchen after he allegedly kicked a Panthers’ player on the bench during a game this season, multiple sources have told TSN.

Neither the Panthers nor Kitchen immediately returned requests for comment.

A National Hockey League official confirmed it has been apprised of an internal investigation by the Panthers.

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added 5:36pm, Panthers release below on hockey op changes.

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Bill Zito Is The New GM For The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers Owner & Governor Vincent Viola announced today that Bill Zito has been named General Manager of the Panthers. Zito will oversee the club's hockey operations including all matters relating to player personnel, scouting department and minor league operations.

"We are thrilled to welcome Bill Zito as General Manager of the Florida Panthers," said Viola. "Bill is an excellent mind in our game today who proved during his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets that he possesses great prowess for evaluating talent and building success. He brings great experience to our club and possesses a strong business acumen."

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Florida Panthers Will have A New GM

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that an organizational search will begin for the franchise's next General Manager immediately.

Dale Tallon's contract was set to expire following the 2019-20 season. This search follows a mutual agreement between Tallon and the organization to part ways following a 10-season tenure with the club.

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GIF- Mike Matheson Fined For A High Stick

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Recently Slandered Women Speak Out

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Two of the women victimized in a misogynistic chat that rocked the hockey world this week are saddened and disgusted with what happened to them.

The women agreed to speak with the Winnipeg Sun about the impact it’s had on them, although both said they’re more concerned about other women who suffered even more humiliating treatment than they did.

Chloe Giesbrecht, a 24-year-old Winnipegger, was out on a walk with a friend on Wednesday when she checked her phone and was shocked to find she was being mocked in a group chat on Instagram, led by NHL player Brendan Leipsic, a Winnipegger with the Washington Capitals.

“Thank god I was on a walk with my friend,” Giesbrecht said, Thursday. “The reason I wasn’t so negatively affected is I was with my friend, so she was able to say these are just low-life guys that are getting off on slandering women.

“When I read the other ones, it was so disgusting. Mine was bad, but I feel for the women whose name got brought up numerous times, and especially about their weight.”

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NHL Statement On Comments Made By Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald

NEW YORK (May 6, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding comments made by Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic and Florida Panthers forward Jack Rodewald:

“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media. There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”

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