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Florida Panthers Announce Hockey Operations Staff Changes

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, FLA. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today organizational changes in the club’s hockey operations department.

Scott Luce has been promoted to the team’s Director of Player Personnel. Luce, who enters his 14th year with the Panthers, served as the club’s Director of Scouting for the last five seasons. Prior to that, he served as the team’s Director of Amateur Scouting for eight years.

“Scott has done a tremendous job leading and preparing our scouting staff for the last several seasons,” said Tallon. “He possesses a wealth of hockey knowledge and is most deserving of this promotion. He will continue to oversee our scouting staff and will work closely with Director of Hockey Operations Mike Dixon and Portland Pirates General Manager Eric Joyce on all day-to-day hockey operations matters.”

Other personnel moves announced today include:

· Billy Ryan named amateur scout.

· Pierre Groulx named goalie development coach/scout, who will work under the direction of Florida Panthers Goaltending Coach Robb Tallas.

· Equipment Assistant Brian Godin named Portland Pirates Head Equipment Manager.

· Dakota King named Florida Panthers Equipment Assistant.

· Steve Squier named Florida Panthers Massage Therapist.

· Travel Coordinator Stiles Burr named Portland Pirates Video/Travel Coordinator.

“All these additions further strengthen our hockey operations department on every level,” said Tallon. “We have added experienced individuals who will work in a variety of roles within our organization.”

In addition, the club announced today that Panthers Assistant Coach Mark Morris has left the organization and has been named Head Coach of the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League. Also, the Panthers announced that Director of Player Development Brian Skrudland’s contract has not been renewed.

“We would like to sincerely thank both Mark and Brian for their hard work, service and dedication to the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “Brian is an original Panther, who worked diligently to ensure the growth and development of several of our young prospects. We wish them both well in their future endeavors.”

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