SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers owner/general partner Alan Cohen announced today that Jacques Martin has resigned from his position as the club’s general manager and will join the Montreal Canadiens as their new head coach. In addition, Cohen announced, alternate governor William A. Torrey will lead the search for the team’s next general manager and will work with Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton on all hockey operations decisions as related to the draft, player trades and signings during this interim period.
“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we would like to thank Jacques for five years of service to our franchise and wish him the best of luck in his new position,” Cohen said. “An extensive search for a new general manager will begin immediately, and we are fortunate to have someone like Mr. Torrey to lead us through this process. We will look to bring in the best person possible.”
Martin, 56, joined the Panthers organization in May 2004 and served as the club’s head coach for three seasons (2005-08, 110-100-36), while also assuming the duties as general manager in Sept. 2006.
Torrey, 74, is currently a Panthers alternate governor, and served as the club’s first team president and was the architect behind the 1995-96 team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Torrey joined the Panthers after spending 20 years with the New York Islanders, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1979-1984.
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