CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that Mike Kennedy has been named Director of Hockey Operations for the Florida Panthers IceDen.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Mike to our organization,” said Florida Panthers IceDen Vice President, General Manager and Florida JR Panthers President Jeff Campol. “I’m confident that Mike’s knowledge of the game, leadership and pro hockey experience will help establish a new era of growth and success for the Florida Panthers IceDen.”
Kennedy, 43, has over 15 years of professional hockey experience, playing in 145 National Hockey League games for the Dallas Stars (1994-98), Toronto Maple Leafs (1997-98) and New York Islanders (1998-99). Selected by the Minnesota North Stars in the fifth round (97th overall) of the 1991 NHL Draft, Kennedy also spent time playing professionally in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, as well as playing overseas in Germany and Switzerland.
Kennedy’s duties will involve all hockey-related matters at the Florida Panthers IceDen, including coordination of youth and adult hockey programs, management of the Florida JR Panthers Hockey Club and the overall growth of the game in South Florida.
Focused on coaching young athletes of all ages and abilities, Kennedy established the Hockey Training Academy in Mississauga, Ont. for youth hockey players to further develop their skills.