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PANTHERS HOCKEY OPERATIONS
 

DALE TALLON

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Hockey & Business Operations & Alternate Governor
Dale Tallon enters his fifth 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.

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.
 

TRAVIS VIOLA

Vice President, Hockey Operations

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

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.

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 Sunrise.

 

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 tenth season with the organization and first as Director of Hockey Operations.

His responsibilities include Collective Bargaining Agreement compliance, budget and cap management, contract negotiations and research, salary arbitration, scheduling, and strategic planning. He serves as the team’s liaison for all player transactions with NHL’s Central Registry. He also deals with matters related to Florida’s two affiliates, San Antonio Rampage and Cincinnati Cyclones. Dixon spent the previous six years as manager of hockey operations and 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.

Dixon resides in Coconut Creek, FL with his girlfriend, Paige and son, Easton.
 

JEROME BURKE

Manager of Team Services

Jérôme Burke enters his third season with the Panthers, two as a Staff Accountant, and first 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.
 

SCOTT LUCE

Director Of Scouting

Scott Luce enters his 13th 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 David Booth, Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau.

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.
 

BRIAN SKRUDLAND

Director of Player Development

Brian Skrudland enters his fourth year as the team’s Director of Player Development.
Skrudland served as the Panthers’ first team captain, appearing in 256 games with the club (1993- 97) totaling 32 goals with 67 assists and 401 PIM. He guided the club to the 1996 Eastern Conference Championship and the Stanley Cup Finals. Skrudland was also a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 1994. He served as the club’s Assistant Coach for part of the 2013-14 season.
Throughout his 16-year NHL playing career, Skrudland played in 881 career NHL contests for Montreal (1985-93), Calgary (1992-93), Florida (1993-97), NY Rangers (1997-98) and Dallas (1997-2000), registering 343 points (124-219-343) and 1,107 PIM. He earned Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens (1986) and Dallas Stars (1999).
The Peace River, Alta., native retired at the age of 36 after helping Dallas reach the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals. After his retirement from playing, Skrudland returned to the Flames organization as an assistant coach for three seasons (2000-03).
Skrudland and his wife, Lana, have one son, Simon, and two daughters, Rudi and Carly.
 

ERIN GINNELL

Head Amateur Scout

Erin Ginnell enters his 12th season as an amateur scout for Florida. 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 1998-2000, where he won two Allen Cups, before joining the Columbus staff.

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 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Ginnell and his wife, Jay, have one son, Bradley. 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.
 

BRIAN MACDONALD

Director of Hockey Analytics

Brian Macdonald joins the Panthers staff after spending 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.
 
 

CHRIS SCOPPETTO

Head Equipment Manager
Chris Scoppetto enters his seventh 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 with their two children Brekken and Lokklen.
 

CHRIS MOODY

Equipment Manager
Chris Moody enters his tenth 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 and his wife Dana reside in Fort Lauderdale with their son Mason.
 

BRIAN GODIN

Assistant Equipment Manager
Brian Godin enters his first season with the Florida Panthers after most recently spending one season with the South Carolina Stingrays.

Previously, he spent over three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League as the visiting team locker room attendant and manger of the Coyotes’ practice facility pro shop. A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and native of North Yarmouth, ME, Godin’s uncle, Bert, is the Equipment Manager for the St. Louis Blues (NHL).
 

DAVE ZENOBI, MS, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Dave Zenobi enters his ninth 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 fourth 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.
 

MIKE SMITH

Massage Therapist

Mike Smith enters his third 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.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 PIT 9 6 2 1 36 22 13
4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
6 NYI 10 6 4 0 35 36 12
7 NJD 10 5 3 2 30 34 12
8 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
9 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
10 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
11 PHI 10 4 4 2 32 36 10
12 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
13 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
14 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
15 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Boyes 8 2 2 2 4
J. Jokinen 8 0 4 2 4
B. Pirri 4 3 0 2 3
S. Bergenheim 8 2 1 2 3
D. MacKenzie 8 1 2 0 3
D. Olsen 8 0 3 3 3
J. Huberdeau 8 1 1 0 2
S. Upshall 8 1 1 0 2
E. Gudbranson 8 1 1 3 2
B. Campbell 8 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 0 0 1 .974 0.59
R. Luongo 3 2 2 .926 2.33
 
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