PANTHERS HOCKEY OPERATIONS
President of Hockey OperationsDale Tallon was named President of Hockey Operations for the Florida Panthers in May 2016. Tallon oversees all aspects of hockey operations in his role including scouting, player acquisition and development.
Tallon received a multi-year contract extension on Jan. 1, 2016. Prior to being named President of Hockey Operations, Tallon served as Executive Vice President & General Manager for six seasons.
During his tenure with the Panthers, Tallon has been responsible for reshaping the club’s hockey operations department, as well as the team’s player personnel. He has led the franchise to a pair of division titles and two playoff appearances.
The past season the Panthers set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) on the way to winning the Atlantic Division. In addition, the team won a franchise record 12 consecutive games from Dec. 15 – Jan. 10.
Florida completed the 2014-2015 season as the NHL’s most improved team, finishing the season with a 38-29-15 record and 91 points, a 25-point improvement from the previous year.
Under Tallon, the Panthers finished the 2011-12 season with a 38-26-18 mark and the franchise’s first Southeast Division championship. The Panthers earned 94 points, the club’s most since totaling 98 points in 1999-2000. For his efforts, Tallon was also nominated as a finalist for National Hockey League’s 2011-12 Executive of the Year.
Tallon has been responsible for drafting two Calder Cup Trophy winners in defenseman Aaron Ekblad (2015) and forward Jonathan Huberdeau (2013). Among Tallon’s group of highly-regarded draft selections during his tenure are Erik Gudbranson (3rd overall, 2010), Nick Bjugstad (19th overall, 2010), Huberdeau (3rd overall, 2011), Vincent Trocheck (64th overall, 2011), Michael Matheson (23rd overall, 2012), Aleksander Barkov (2nd overall, 2013), Ekblad (1st overall, 2014) and Lawson Crouse (11th overall, 2015).
Prior to joining the Panthers, Tallon spent 33 years with the Chicago Blackhawks organization as a front office executive, player and broadcast personality. He served as Chicago’s General Manager from 2005-09, and assistant GM from 2003-05. He was responsible for drafting or acquiring many of the Blackhawks’ top players who won the 2010 Stanley Cup. Tallon spent the 2009-10 season serving as a Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Blackhawks. He also served four years (1998-2002) as director of player personnel before returning to the radio and television booth prior to the 2002-03 season.
A defenseman, Tallon was Vancouver’s first-round selection (2nd overall) in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 642 NHL contests with Vancouver (1970-73), Chicago (1973-78) and Pittsburgh (1978-80), registering 336 points (98-238—336) and 568 PIM. Tallon recorded a career-high 17 goals in 69 games with Vancouver during the 1971-72 season and appeared in the 1971 and 1972 NHL All-Star Games. In 1972, Tallon was picked as an alternate for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR.
The Rouyn-Noranda, Que., native was born on Oct. 19, 1950. Tallon and his wife, Meg, are the parents of two daughters, Lauren and Kristen.
General ManagerTom Rowe was named General Manager of the Florida Panthers in May 2016. He has been with the organization since 2013-14, serving as head coach of the Panthers AHL team as well as Associate GM.
Rowe started the 2015-16 season as the Head Coach of the Portland Pirates, the Panthers AHL affiliate, before being named Associate GM on Jan. 1.
He previously served as the head coach for the San Antonio Rampage for two seasons when he became the ninth head coach in the 13-year history of the franchise on Nov. 8, 2013. During the annual Rodeo Road Trip in February, the Rampage pulled off their best trip in club history, going 7-2-0-1 under Rowe’s leadership, setting a franchise record 12-game point streak as well as a franchise record six-game win streak on the road.
Before coming to the Rampage, Rowe, 59, coached Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League, leading the club to a 34-18-0 record and a place in the Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012-13 season. He began his coaching career in the American Hockey League, serving as assistant coach for three seasons (2001-04) with the Lowell Lock Monsters (now the Albany Devils) before being promoted to head coach.
During his two years at the helm, Rowe held a 76-64-20 record and brought the team to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in his first season. As the New Jersey Devils switched their affiliation, Rowe took the reins of the Albany River Rats (now the Charlotte Checkers), and owned an 80-66-14 record, seeing first round playoff action both years of his tenure (2006-08). He served as Paul Maurice’s assistant coach for three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes (2008-11), helping lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season.
The Lynn, Mass. native was drafted in the third round (37th overall) of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals after playing three seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. The right wing split time between the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, and Detroit Red Wings in his career, and was a part of the inaugural Whalers team during the 1979-80 season. In 357 career NHL games, he posted 85 goals and 100 assists, and became the first American-born player to net 30 goals in a season when he scored 31 for Washington during the 1978-79 season.
After retiring at the conclusion of the 1983-84 season, Rowe was a part-time color commentator for Hartford in 1989, becoming the full-time broadcaster in 1990 and staying in that position until the end of the season. He continued to work in Hartford management, being appointed assistant general manager in June of 1991 and remaining there until September 1993, when he made the switch to scouting. Rowe was a professional scout for the Whalers until June 1995. He skated in 112 AHL games between Adirondack, Binghamton, Hershey, Moncton, and Springfield, posting 66 goals and 43 assists in that time.
William A. Torrey
Special Advisor to the GM/Alternate GovernorOne of the most respected men in hockey, Mr. William A. Torrey has been a member of the Florida Panthers organization since the club’s inception. He spent his first nine seasons as President of the Panthers, while serving as Governor (2002-03) and currently Alternate Governor (2003-10). Mr. Torrey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995 and was honored by the Panthers with a special tribute night on Oct. 23, 2010. The No. 93 is retired in his honor.
Under Mr. Torrey’s guidance and direction, the Panthers have enjoyed tremendous success. In 1993-94, the team’s inaugural season, he helped assemble a club that broke expansion records for wins (33), points (83) and winning percentage (.494). The Panthers also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals faster than any other post-1967 expansion team in NHL history, reaching the mark in 1995-96, their third year of existence. Mr. Torrey also led the search and was responsible for hiring current Panthers GM Dale Tallon in May 2010.
Prior to taking the helm of the Panthers, Mr. Torrey spent 21 years with the New York Islanders, the first 20 as General Manager. He also handled the added roles of President (1980-89) and Chairman of the Board (1989-92). At the start of the 1992-93 season, Mr. Torrey stepped down from his position as chairman, passed his role as General Manager to Don Maloney, and remained with the team as a consultant until joining the Panthers in April 1993.
Mr. Torrey began his NHL career in 1967 as Executive Vice President of the expansion Oakland Seals. He then joined the expansion Islanders as General Manager in 1972, becoming the first person hired by the organization.
Mr. Torrey was born on June 23, 1934 in Montreal, Que. A business and psychology graduate of St. Lawrence University, he received the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to the hockey community in 1983.