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PANTHERS HOCKEY OPERATIONS
 

DALE TALLON

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Hockey Operations
Dale Tallon enters his fourth year as Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Florida Panthers after being named to the position on May 17, 2010. Tallon agreed to a multi-year contract extension on June 5, 2012.

Over the last three seasons, Tallon has been responsible for reshaping the club’s hockey operations department, as well as the team’s player personnel. Florida 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.

In addition to the current Panthers roster, Tallon has ensured the Panthers will have a bright future by loading up on draft picks and top prospects. Since joining Florida, Tallon has conducted four successful NHL Entry Drafts that have included six first round selections: No. 2 - F Aleksander Barkov (2013), No. 23 – D Michael Matheson (2012), No. 3 – F Jonathan Huberdeau (2011), No. 3 – D Erik Gudbranson (2010), No. 19 – C Nick Bjugstad (2010) and No. 25 – C Quinton Howden (2010).

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.

 

TRAVIS VIOLA

Vice President, Hockey Operations & Special Projects

Travis Viola joined the Florida Panthers prior to the 2013-2014 season as Vice President, Hockey Operations & Special Projects.

A passionate, lifelong hockey fan, Viola has used his enthusiasm and creativity to spearhead hockey-based charitable fundraising efforts including the NHL's "Beard-AThon" campaign. His sports industry experience also includes five years with the New York Yankees organization.

Born and raised in New York City, Viola is a 2010 graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to joining the Panthers, Viola spent two years as a proprietary trader for Axiom Markets.

Viola is extremely active in community endeavors and has worked with organizations including “The Bronx African American History Project”, PETA, and more.

Viola resides in South Florida.

 
 

ERIC JOYCE

Assistant to the General Manager

Eric Joyce joined the Florida Panthers prior to the 2013-14 season as Assistant to the General Manager.

Eric is responsible for the Panther’s Advanced Analytics department, as well as the planning of Panthers hockey activities including Development and Training camps.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Eric was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy where he taught Cadets Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. A native of Boston, MA, Eric also held numerous positions throughout government and the private sector focusing on national security. Eric served as an Army Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Mosul, Iraq from 2004-2005 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Citation.

Eric is a 2002 Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a degree in Systems Engineering, and is also a 2011 Graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School with a focus on international economics and development. His hockey experience includes playing NCAA Division I at the United States Military Academy from 1998-2002, where he was awarded ECAC All-Academic team honors for the 2001-2002 season, as well as the Mike Gunning Award for the team's best scholar-athlete.

Eric enjoys sending time with his wife, Sarah Rose, and their beautiful daughter, Charlotte Rose.

 

MICHAEL DIXON

Manager of Hockey Operations

Michael Dixon enters his seventh season with the organization and first as Manager of Hockey Operations.

His responsibilities include assisting the hockey operations department in a variety of capacities including player contracts, team roster administration and budgeting. He also deals with matters related to Florida’s two affiliates, San Antonio and Cincinnati. Dixon spent the previous six years as the team’s manager of team services.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Dixon worked in the financial services industry in Canada for three years. A native of Stoney Creek, Ontario in Canada, Dixon graduated in April 2007 with his MBA in Sport Management at Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University, and has a Canadian Investment Manager certification from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Dixon resides in Coral Springs, FL and has a son, Easton.

 

SCOTT LUCE

Director Of Scouting

Scott Luce enters his 12th season with the Panthers after joining the club's scouting staff on July 11, 2002. Luce has been responsible for the Panthers drafting notable players, including Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Luce spent three years in Tampa Bay working as a full-time scout based out of Ontario. Before joining the Lightning, Luce worked for Ottawa during the 1998-99 season as a part-time scout in the Minnesota region. Prior to joining the Senators, the London, Ont., native spent five years as Vice President of Sales for Branches Hockey Sticks. The son of Philadelphia Flyers Director of Player Development Don Luce, Scott graduated from the University of Guelph (Ontario) in 1992 with a degree in history.

Raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Luce played collegiate hockey at Colgate University and junior hockey with the Guelph Platers. Scott and his wife, Ann Marie, are the parents of two sons, Harrison and Griffin. The family resides in St. Thomas, Ont.

 

ERIN GINNELL

Head Amateur Scout

Erin Ginnell enters his 12th season with Florida, serving his second season as Head Amateur Scout after spending 10 years as an Amateur Scout.

Prior to working with the Panthers, he spent one year as a scout with the Colorado Avalanche and two seasons as a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flin Fon, Man., native served as a player/coach for the Powell River Regals from 1995-2000, where he won two Allan Cups, before joining the Columbus staff.

Ginnell played five years of Junior Hockey between the Saskatchewan Junior and Western Hockey League. As a collegiate player, Ginnell became the all-time scoring leader in the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference during his three years with Red Deer College, winning a national championship in 1994. He was a fourth-round selection of the Washington Capitals in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Ginnell and his wife, Jay, have two sons, Bradley and Riley. The family resides in Calgary, Alta.

 

BRYAN McCABE

Manager of Player Development

Bryan McCabe enters his second season as the club’s Manager of Player Development.

The former NHL All-star played in 1,135 NHL contests, with 528 points (145-383-528) and 1,732 PIMs. Over his career the defenseman competed for the New York Islanders (1995-98), Vancouver Canucks (1998-99), Chicago Blackhawks (1999-00), Toronto Maple Leafs (2000-08), Florida Panthers (2008-11) and New York Rangers (2011). McCabe has appeared in 56 playoff games with Toronto (2000-04) and New York Rangers (2011) registering 28 points (10-18-28) and 84 PIMs. As a member of the Florida Panthers, McCabe served as Captain and skated in his 1,000th NHL game during his tenure with Florida.

McCabe and his wife Roberta have two daughters Stevie and Jocelyn.

 
 

CHRIS SCOPPETTO

Equipment Manager

Chris Scoppetto enters his sixth season at the club’s head equipment manager.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Scoppetto spent three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings serving as the team’s assistant equipment manager, earning a Stanley Cup ring with the Wings in 2007-08. The Hamden, CT native spent six seasons on the equipment staff of the Nashville Predators and two seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Scoppetto attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in exercise science. He and his wife, Trekka, reside in Fort Lauderdale.
 

CHRIS MOODY

Assistant Equipment Manager

Chris Moody enters his ninth season with the organization.

He began his career with the Colorado Avalanche in 1997, serving as the Avalanche's assistant equipment manager for three years. Moody joined the Nashville Predators in 1999 where he spent four seasons working in a similar role. Moody has been a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) since 2003.

For the last two years, Moody has played an important role in organizing and participating in 24 hours of hockey, a charitable event that benefits the Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO. For more information on the event visit www.24hoursofhockey.com.

Moody is originally from Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to Denver where he spends time during the off-season.  

Moody resides in Fort Lauderdale.
 

JASON MacDONALD

Equipment Assistant

Jason MacDonald enters his fifth season as the club’s equipment assistant.

MacDonald, joins the Panthers after spending the last three seasons as the head equipment manager of the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. Prior to his three seasons spent in Southwest Florida, MacDonald worked in the Central Hockey League with the Fort Worth Brahmas during the 2005-06 campaign.  From 2001-05, Jason worked as an assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
 

DAVE ZENOBI, MS, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Dave Zenobi enters his eighth season with the Florida Panthers after joining the team in October 2006. He joined the team as assistant athletic trainer, but assumed the head athletic training duties mid-way through the 2007-08 season.

Before joining the Panthers, Zenobi spent five years as the head athletic trainer with the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. Prior to the Barons, Zenobi got his start in hockey by spending seven seasons as the head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL.

Zenobi graduated in 1990 from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where he played football for the most successful NCAA Division-III football program. He graduated from the University of Massachussetts in 1992 with a Masters degree in Exercise Science. Zenobi began his professional career by spending two years at the Cleveland Clinic working in the Physical Therapy Department.

Zenobi and his wife Dawn live in Parkland with their two sons Domenic and Joey.
 

TOMMY ALVA

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tommy Alva enters his third season as the Florida Panthers assistant athletic trainer.

Prior to joining the Panthers Alva spent three seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers head athletic trainer. In this role, he was responsible for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries and assisted with the overall medical and training programs of the organization. Alva served as the head athletic trainer for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League during the 2007-08 season and spent the previous four years as assistant athletic trainer for the Dallas Stars from 2003-04 to 2006-07.

Prior to his role with the Stars, he spent one season as the head athletic trainer for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 2000 and worked as the head athletic trainer for the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer for four seasons from 1996-2000.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Alva earned his Bachelors and Masters  from Henderson State University in Arkansas. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Kaleb.
 

STEVE DISCHIAVI

Physical Therapist

Steve Dischiavi enters his ninth season as the Florida Panthers physical therapist.  He has a Florida license in athletic training and will also serve this year as the team’s assistant athletic trainer.

Dischiavi earned his Masters of Professional Study in Physical Therapy at the Health Science Center at Syracuse.  Dischiavi has also received his certification in Manual Physical Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute, which is a Norwegian based philosophy.  Fulfilling his passion to teach, Dischiavi finds time to serve as an adjunct instructor at Nova SouthEastern University in the Physical Therapy program.  

Dischiavi resides in Fort Lauderdale.
 

MIKE SMITH

Massage Therapist

Mike Smith enters his second season as the team’s massage therapist.

Prior to working with the Panthers, he spent 16 years working in both the American Hockey League and International Hockey League for the Cleveland Lumberjacks, Cleveland Barons and Lake Erie Monsters. He has also worked in a similar capacity with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers and AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators.

Smith graduated from the National Institute of Masso Therapy in 1996 and also holds a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. He spent four years in the United States Army (1982-1986) with the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley Kansas .

Smith and his wife Monica reside in Weston.

 
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