SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Eric Joyce has been named General Manager of the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). In his new role, Joyce will serve as the point person for all hockey operations matters associated with Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.
“We are very proud to appoint Eric as our General Manager in San Antonio,” said Florida Panthers Owner & Chairman Vincent Viola. “He is a passionate and dedicated individual who played the game at West Point and has continued taking on increased responsibilities since he joined the Panthers organization. He will be responsible for establishing a consistent culture that prepares our young players for National Hockey League competition.”
Joyce, 36, joined the Panthers organization prior to the 2013-2014 season, serving as the club’s Assistant to the General Manager. He worked closely with Tallon on numerous projects, including developing the club’s analytics department, as well as planning the team’s rookie and training camps.
“Eric is a smart and hard-working individual who is the perfect fit to oversee our American Hockey League affiliate,” said Tallon. “He will play an important role ensuring that our prospects continue to grow and develop in a successful environment in San Antonio.”
Prior to joining the Panthers, Joyce 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, Massachusetts, Joyce also held numerous positions in the government and the private sector focusing on national security. Joyce 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.
Joyce 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.