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Afternoon Line- Alan Strachan On Bill Torrey

via Alan Strachan tweets,

Bill Torrey was a wonderful man. More than anyone I ever met, he understood every aspect of the game -- administration, managing, coaching, and even media relations. He built the NY Islanders dynasty that won four consecutive Cups (and Denis Potvin still insists...

(2) ,,, that if he had not been injured, it would have been five). I spoke with Bill at length recently and he still --as always -- refused to reveal the offer that Sam Pollock made for that first overall draft pick Bill used to take Potvin...

(3) ... Bill also understood the media like few front-office people. He moved the start time of NYI games to 7 pm purely to allow the newspaper guys to meet deadlines that could get game stories into early editions. After one loss, I complained to Bill that his players were ....

(4) avoiding the press by refusing to come out of the training room which was off limits. He opened the training room and told us to go in. "They've got to be accountable," he said. He was also the author of one of the greatest insights into hockey I ever heard ..

(5) "Any coach can make a checker,' he said. "Only God can make a scorer." Bill was as at home with the governors as with the media. Although it is not widely acknowledged (if at all) he was Gary Bettman's primary mentor over the years. He explained hockey's nuances, unwritten...

(6) rules, traditions and so on. Bill knew everyone in hockey, so he was able to put Gary in the picture on all the personalities. Bill will be greatly missed by many people in hockey and I'm not ashamed to say I'm one of them.

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Bill Torrey Passed Away Last Night

NEW YORK (May 3, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of William A. Torrey:

“William A. Torrey passed away at his home in Florida last evening. The National Hockey League mourns the passing of a true legend of our game, the incomparable Bill Torrey.

“Bill was the first employee, general manager and architect of one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history – the New York Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cups. He was the first president of the Florida Panthers and built the organization into one of the most successful expansion franchises in League history – the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in just their third season of existence. And 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.

“It is no wonder that he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was the recipient of a Lester Patrick Award.

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Talking Hockey With Dale Tallon And Bill Torrey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Sunshine Boys of hockey are sitting behind a glass, watching ancient Jaromir Jagr tutor some of the young Florida Panthers, kicking around the dynasties and semi-dynasties each has built.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” said Dale Tallon, 65, talking about his 81-year-old sidekick Bill Torrey.

“He brought me here and I only came because of him. And now we have stability up top — a blueprint from Chicago, Bill had a blueprint with the Islanders. We know what we want to do and we’re on the same page with everything we do — and it’s a blessing to have him around so I can run things by him.”

And finishing each other’s sentences, like the hockey couple they are, Torrey said: “And to get this right, you have to have somebody with an eye. Dale has an eye.”

We sat for 20 minutes.


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Bill Torrey In Charge Of Hiring Florida’s Next GM

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Hall of Fame manager Bill Torrey will select Jacques Martin’s successor, but Torrey, who turns 75 this month, insists he won’t choose the man he sees in the mirror every morning to be the next general manager of the Florida Panthers.

Torrey, the architect of the New York Islanders’ early 1980s dynasty and the 1996 Panthers, who won the Eastern Conference title, won’t be coming out of retirement.

“I think I have served my time as a general manager and I know where I am in this world and in this life,” Torrey, the Panthers’ alternate governor, said a conference call Monday. “My heart is with this franchise and I want to see a good choice come along.”


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Restoring Pride to the Wings

From Brian Compton at NHL.com,

“Jimmy was just a little bulldog,” Torrey said. “He didn’t work just during the season, but throughout the year. He’s smart, industrious … nothing but hockey 24 hours a day. I put him in charge of our amateur scouting and player development, and then I made him assistant GM. I made him look so damn good, (Red Wings owner) Mike Ilitch called me and stole him to Detroit.”

It certainly was a tremendous opportunity for Devellano to restore pride to the Detroit franchise. With the Joe Louis Arena less than half-full on most nights, it truly would be the biggest challenge of his career.


*A comprehensive article on the history of Detroit Red Wings’ Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor, Jim Devellano.

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