SUNRISE, Fla. -Florida Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell announced today that Peter Worrell has been named Hockey Director of the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla.
"We are thrilled for Peter to join our staff as the Hockey Director of the Panthers IceDen," said Caldwell. "A fan favorite from his time with the Panthers, he has been a pillar of the South Florida hockey community since playing his first NHL game. Following the end of his playing career he has served as a coach at youth, prep school and collegiate levels. We look forward to Peter's contributions to our hockey programs at the Panthers IceDen as we continue to grow the game in our territory."
Worrell, 41, spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Over the last decade in South Florida, the native of Pierrefonds, Quebec, served as head coach for Florida Atlantic University (ACHA Div. III) and North Broward Preparatory School.
As Hockey Director, Worrell will oversee youth and adult hockey programs at the Panthers IceDen. He will be responsible for the direction, administration, management, supervision and marketing of all ice hockey programming needs of the Panthers IceDen.
Originally selected by the Panthers in the seventh round (166th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft, Worrell played 342 regular season games for Florida (1997-98 to 2002-03), recording 42 points (16-26-42) and 1,375 PIM.
He has appeared in 391 career NHL regular season games for Florida and the Colorado Avalanche (2003-04).
Worrell has played a combined 488 professional career regular season games between the NHL, American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL. During his major junior career with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Worrell won the 1997 Memorial Cup.
Former Panthers IceDen Hockey Director Max Ortolani will serve as Elite Hockey Director for the facility. As Elite Hockey Director, Ortolani will oversee youth hockey projects, focus on the growth of youth hockey in South Florida and manage rink alliance relationships. Additionally, James Haverstrom has been named the Panthers IceDen Manager of Youth Hockey Operations.
The Panthers IceDen hockey department consists of Worrell, Ortolani, Haverstrom, Coordinator of Administration and Registration Colleen Clark and Recreational Hockey Coordinator Colin Yoskowitz.
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