SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Chris Pronger has been named the club's Senior Advisor to the President of Hockey Operations.
"Chris has spent the last three years working for the League's Department of Player Safety and is ready to move into a more competitive, executive role," said Tallon. "One of the most dominant defensemen of his era, Chris' winning resume and wealth of hockey knowledge will be a great asset to our hockey club. We're thrilled that he has chosen to join the Panthers organization."
Pronger, 42, joins the Panthers front office after working with the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety since 2014.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from an executive with the track record that Dale has," Pronger said. "I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to help the Panthers work towards winning the Stanley Cup."
A native of Dryden, Ontario, Pronger appeared in 1,167 NHL games recording 698 points (157-541-698) for the Philadelphia Flyers (2009-11), Anaheim Ducks (2006-09), Edmonton Oilers (2005-06), St. Louis Blues (1995-04) and Hartford Whalers (1993-95). Pronger played his final NHL game on Nov. 19, 2011. He was originally selected by Hartford in the first round (second overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft.
A five-time NHL All-Star, Pronger won the Hart Memorial Trophy (2000), the James Norris Memorial Trophy (2000), and became a Stanley Cup Champion in 2007 with Anaheim. Pronger was the first defenseman to win the NHL's Most Valuable Player award since Bobby Orr earned the honor in 1972. On January 27, 2017, Pronger was named to the NHL Centennial's 100 greatest players.
On the international stage, Pronger won two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010) and a gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Championship with Team Canada. Pronger was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
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