Panthers' Bill Torrey: For those who didn't know, Cats might just make it through this...


For informational purposes, From the Official Site's Dave Joseph: It wasn’t coincidence the Panthers early success – including being the NHL’s most successful first-year team (33 wins and 83 points in 1993-94) – came under Torrey’s tutelage. Torrey also helped develop a plan at the ’93 Expansion Draft that landed the Panthers players who would lead them to the 1996 Stanley Cup finals: John Vanbiesbrouck, Brian Skrudland, Tom Fitzgerald, Scott Mellanby, Dave Lowry, Mike Hough and Bill Lindsay. Oh yeah, then there's this nugget: In 1972, Torrey was named general manager of the expansion Islanders and he quickly built them into one of hockey’s greatest dynasties. The Islanders advanced to the semifinals in four of their first seven seasons and won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-83. Torrey was also responsible for drafting Hall of Fame players Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin as well as Bill Smith.