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Bill Torrey

Born:June 23, 1934Known For: Four Cups With Islanders
Hometown:Montreal, QuebecNational Team:N/A

William Arthur Torrey (June 23, 1934 – May 2, 2018) was a Canadian hockey executive. He served as a general manager in the National Hockey League for the Oakland Seals, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers. He developed the Islanders into a dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cups. He was often known as “The Architect”, and “Bow-Tie” Bill, after the signature bow tie he always wore.

Bill Torrey
Bill Torrey was the franchise’s original president, the man most responsible for putting together the first Florida Panthers team. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Front Office History

  • Oakland Seals, General Manager, 1969-1971
  • New York Islanders, General Manager, 1972-1992
  • Florida Panthers, President, 1993-2001

Deeper Dive


  • Stanley Cup Winner (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (1995)