SUNRISE, FL - The Florida Panthers announced today that Thomas Drance has been named Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the club.
Drance has a background in new media marketing and has spent the past six years working as a hockey journalist, columnist, editor and author, most recently for Rogers Sportsnet and the Triumph Publishing.
The Vancouver native was theScore's lead hockey news editor covering men's and women's ice hockey during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He spent the past two years as Editor in Chief of the Nation Network, a digital sports media company based in Western Canada. An expert in new media, sports media and hockey research, Drance has acted as a consultant on behalf of communications companies, PR firms and insurance companies.
"Thomas is a well-respected hockey reporter and media professional with a unique background and diverse experience in content production, marketing and new media," said Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "We are thrilled to add his fresh perspective and communications savvy to our hockey operations department."
A former member of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association from 2014 through to 2016, Drance was selected as an NHL awards voter for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Drance joins the Florida Panthers communications department currently comprised of Adelyn Biedenbach, Director of Communications & Digital Media, Mike Lewis, Media Relations Coordinator, Chrissy Parente, Public Relations Coordinator, Kyle Morrison, Digital Media Coordinator and Peter Rossi, Website Coordinator.
The Florida Panthers begin a three-game homestand on Jan. 4 against the Winnipeg Jets (7:00 P.M.) before hosting the Nashville Predators (Jan. 6, 7:30 P.M.) and the Boston Bruins (Jan. 7, 7:00 P.M.). Jan. 6 vs. Nashville will be Jaromir Jagr Night. Ticket offers for the evening include an $18.88 upper goal zone offer and a $68.00 sideline and sideline premier offer that includes a $15 food and beverage credit. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Jaromir Jagr t-shirt. Full and partial ticket packages are available that include flexible payment plans. In addition, single game suites and group pricing are available for the 2016-17 season. Please call (954) 835- PUCK (7825) or visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral to purchase your ticket plan.