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PANTHERS HOCKEY OPERATIONS
 

DALE TALLON

President of Hockey Operations
Dale 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.


TOM ROWE

General Manager
Tom 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 Governor

One 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.
 

ERIC JOYCE

Assistant General Manager, GM Springfield (AHL)

Eric Joyce was named Assistant General Manager in May 2016. He also serves as the GM of the Panthers AHL affiliate. Eric joined the Panthers and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment in 2013 as an assistant to the General Manager.

Eric’s current duties with the team include overseeing player development as General Manager of the Panthers AHL Affiliate as well as negotiating player contracts and managing the team’s salary cap with others in senior management. Eric also works closely with the pro and amateur scouting staffs to identify and acquire/draft pro and amateur prospects. Additionally, Eric is also responsible for the team’s community outreach, and works closely with the Florida Panthers Foundation to ensure the team is a vibrant member of Broward County.

A native of Boston, Mass., Eric has held numerous positions throughout the US government and the private sector focusing on national security. Most notably, Eric served as an Army Captain during 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 Relations and econometrics. His hockey experience includes playing at the United States Military Academy from 1998-2002, where he was a member of the ECAC All-Academic team.

Eric enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Sarah Rose, and their children, Charlotte Rose and James Michael.

 
 

STEVE WERIER

Assistant General Manager, Vice President of Legal Affairs

Steve Werier was named Assistant General Manager, VP Legal Affairs in May 2016. In this role, Steve negotiates all player contracts for the Panthers NHL and minor league players and is responsible for managing the team’s salary cap as well as the interpretation and application of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Together with fellow Assistant GM Eric Joyce, Steve oversees the club’s hockey research and development initiatives, the strategic analyses of other NHL teams and negotiations with player agents. Steve also assists President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon and General Manager Tom Rowe with all aspects of the hockey operations department.

A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Steve joined the Panthers and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment in 2013 as Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs. In that role, he assisted the hockey operations department in areas including player and personnel contracts, CBA compliance and research and analysis, while advising other departments throughout the organization.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Steve was a corporate, sports and entertainment lawyer in New York City. He began his career as a corporate associate with the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he represented clients including major professional sports leagues and teams. Most recently, Steve worked at the entertainment law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. From 2004-05, Steve worked in the Congressional & Legal Affairs section of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Steve received his J.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 2008.

Steve and his wife Kimberly reside in Miami.
 
 

JEROME BURKE

Director of Team Services

Jérôme Burke enters his fourth season with the Panthers, two as a Staff Accountant, and second as the club’s Manager of Team Services.

His responsibilities include traveling with the club and scheduling all team travel such as air, bus transportation, hotels, meals and practice time. He also assists visiting teams with their travel and practice needs.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Burke worked for the Montreal Juniors (QMJHL). A native of Montreal, Quebec in Canada, Burke graduated in December 2013 with his MBA in Sport Management from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

Burke resides in Weston, FL.
 

J.B. SPISSO

Executive Director, Leadership & Cultural Development

J.B. has a key operational position of responsibility for the overall culture of the organization through effective and strategic leadership. J.B. is the type of leader who inspires flexible thinking in an ever-changing environment.  The Executive Director’s leadership is consistent with the Organizations Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles, Values, Governance / Operational Policies and Strategic Plan. 

J.B. has 30 years of military, leadership and management experience, including 10 years in Special Operations in the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. He retired after 26 years of military service at the prominent rank of Sergeant Major, the highest and most respected Non-Commissioned Officer position in the military. He has extensive experience as a leader, trainer and educator, including experience as a Drill Instructor, U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Instructor, Company Tactical NCO and Senior Enlisted Advisor - Department of Military Instruction at West Point, First Sergeant of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and Officer Candidate School (OCS), and the Sergeant Major of the Advanced Combat Training Team, Task Force Phoenix VII. 

Since 2005, J.B. was responsible for the team building and leadership training for several NHL clubs including playing a significant role in motivating the Pittsburgh Penguins in winning a Stanley Cup.  J.B. regularly works with collegiate teams as well as successful businesses. J.B. is well known throughout the military, sports world and civilian community for his ability to inspire and motivate with a passion that speaks louder than words. 

J.B. has a residence in Florida with his wife Lona, and three adult children Mara, Marco and Abra Dian.


BRYAN McCABE

Director of Player Development
Bryan McCabe enters his fourth season with the Panthers, hist first as the club’s Director of Player Development. He previously served as the Manager of Player Development (2012-15).

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.
 

BRIAN MACDONALD

Director of Hockey Analytics

Brian Macdonald enters his second season as the Panthers Director of Hockey Analytics. He previously spent six years as an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. While at West Point, his research interests included using mathematics and statistics for the purposes of player evaluation and decision-making in sports, and especially in hockey.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, Baltmore, MD.
 
 
 

DAKOTA KING

Equipment Assistant

Dakota King enters his first season as the Florida Panthers equipment assistant.

King recently completed his second year as the head equipment manager for the Gladiators, after spending eight seasons as a locker room assistant. He also served as the assistant clubhouse manager for the Gwinnett Braves and was the head equipment manager for the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League in 2012.
 

TOMMY ALVA

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tommy Alva enters his fifth 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.
 

 
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