Bill Torrey Tribute Night

A legend in the world of Hockey was honored Saturday night at the Bank Atlantic Center.  If you weren’t at the game or you didn’t get to see it on T.V. the Florida Panthers website has it posted.

The ceremony was tastefully done as both the Panthers and the New York Islanders, a team that Torrey led to four  Stanley Cups as it’s General Manager were on the benches.

Original Panther owner H. Wayne Huizenga arrived by helicopter (of course) to be part of the nights events.  Torrey arrived via limo with about 20 members of his family to share in the honors.

Some interesting names and friends attended the event and were fortunate enough to be on the ice during the 15 minute tribute.  Lou Nanne, Harry Sinden, Emile Francis, and even Bob Pulford.  Pully, a former player, coach and General Manager himself (of the Blackhawks) must have been dusted off from the office he occupies in the United Center to attend the event.  He’s been with the Blackhawks organ-eye-zation for about 35 years.  Nice to see the full head of white hair.

Former announcer Jiggs McDonald handled the job of emcee.  Dale Tallon also spoke of the amount of respect and thankfulness that he has for Torrey.  After a few gifts were handed out, Torrey spoke and thanked everyone for coming, including both teams, the fans and of course Mr. Huizenga for giving him his opportunity here.

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