Even after a season that saw the Florida Panthers finish with the best record in the Atlantic Division, the team isn’t resting on its laurels.READ MORE: Rickenbacker Causeway Reopened After Vehicle Hits & Kills 2 Cyclists
The Panthers announced Monday morning that it has made multiple changes in its front office – including promoting former Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon to President of Hockey Operations.
It was also announced Monday that Tom Rowe, who served as Associate General Manager this past season, has been promoted to General Manager and Eric Joyce and Steve Werier have been promoted to the title of Assistant General Managers.
Joyce previously had served as Vice President, Assistant to the GM and GM of the Portland Pirates. Joyce will also continue to be the GM of the Panthers AHL affiliate. Werier had served as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and will also continue as VP of Legal Affairs.READ MORE: Miami Air Traffic Controller Narciso Torres Identified As Person Who Died In Haulover Plane Crash
Panthers Owner, Chairman & Governor Vincent Viola spoke highly of the moves.
“This is a great day for the organization as it ensures continuity within the hockey operations department,” Viola said in a team release. “I have the utmost confidence in Dale’s vision and leadership and this group’s ability to build on this year’s playoff appearance and make the Panthers a Stanley Cup contender for years to come.”
Tallon also expressed his pleasure with the changes.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Tom, Eric and Steve,” Tallon said. “Our organization took a big step forward this season and these moves made in hockey operations continue to strengthen the future of our front office.”MORE NEWS: Wong Leads Brewers To 7-3 Win Over The Marlins
The Panthers became one of the league’s top teams in 2016 and brought “hockey fever” to South Florida before they were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Islanders in a competitive 4-2 series.