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Florida Panthers Statement on the passing of William A. Torrey

by Florida Panthers / FloridaPanthers.com

Statement from Florida Panthers Owner and Governor Vincent J. Viola

"We're shocked and heartbroken by the news of William "Bill" Torrey's passing and extend our deepest condolences to his four sons and grandchildren. An original Panther and the forefather of our franchise, Mr. Torrey had a champion's spirit and lived for the game. His indomitable energy and his commitment to hockey and to South Florida was inspiring. It was an honor to work with him and know him."

Statement from Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Dale Tallon

"Bill was a giant of our game. He was the architect of a dynasty, a Hockey Hall of Famer and most importantly, a committed family man. I'm heartbroken by the news of his passing. Bill was a mentor and a dear friend who was instrumental in bringing me to South Florida to work alongside him. He was a wonderful person who never lost his passion for the game and loved being at the rink. I am proud to have worked with him and I will always be grateful for his support and friendship. He was a legend and the original Panther. I send my deepest condolences to his family and many friends. Bill's tremendous legacy will never be forgotten."

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