A St. Lawrence University graduate is set to be inducted into the Broward County
Sports Hall of Fame in Sunrise, Florida.
National Hockey League Hall of Famer and Florida Panthers Alternate Governor
William A. Torrey '57 will be inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of
Fame on November 16. Torrey will be honored along with five other inductees, i
ncluding three-time Super Bowl Champion Michael Irvin; U.S. Olympic Diving Team
Coach Ron O’Brien; scuba diving record-holder Neal Watson; NBC 6 anchor Tony
Segreto and former Notre Dame quarterback William Zloch.
"The level of commitment these six Broward County residents have shown for their
respective sports and the recognition they have brought to the county through their
achievements is the reason they were chosen," said John Webb, vice president,
sports development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In all, Torrey spent 36 years in the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of
Fame in 1995. Under Torrey’s guidance, the Panthers broke expansion records for
wins (33), points (83) and winning percentage (.494). The team also made it to the
Stanley Cup Finals faster than any other post-1967 expansion team in NHL history.
He is also credited with bringing the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and 2003 NHL All-Star
game to South Florida for the first time. The estimated economic impact of the
draft and the All-Star game on the South Florida economy exceeded $12 million.
Torrey was also responsible for the club’s move into the state-of-the-art Office
Depot Center in the city of Sunrise.
Torrey was born in Montreal, Quebec. He began his NHL career in 1967 as executive
vice president of the Oakland Seals. Prior to joining the Panthers, Torrey spent
21 years with the New York Islanders, the first 20 as general manager. Under his
direction, the team won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.
"This is a well deserved honor for Bill," Panthers owner and Chief Executive
Officer Alan Cohen said. "He was one of the pioneers behind the development of
the Panthers and is one of the most respected men in hockey. On behalf of our
entire organization, I’d like to congratulate Bill on his induction."
The Broward County Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize
coaches, athletes and pioneers who are or have been Broward County residents.
The six inductees were nominated by Broward County residents and chosen by
12 local members of the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
Torrey, whose St. Lawrence degree is in psychology, is also a member of the
St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame, and
has been awarded an Alumni Citation by the University.
Posted: November 5, 2004