The sports industry was hit with devastating news on Thursday, May 3rd. Bill Torrey, a true legend and Hall of Famer, sadly passed away.
Torrey died in his home Wednesday evening, reported the New York Post. He was 83 years old at the time of his death.
Torrey is best-known for serving as the general manager of the NHL’s New York Islanders, but he also impacted other teams during his time in the NHL. According to NHL’s media website, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995 and also received a Lester Patrick Award — a great honor presented by the NHL.
“Bill was the first employee, general manager and architect of one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history – the New York Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cups...And his imprint is on virtually every team in our League, as he personally mentored and inspired generations of NHL general managers who have followed him and established the team-building blueprint based upon scouting, drafting and player development that today remains the model for lasting success,” NFL League Commissioner Gary Bettman stated.
Several fans and others in the industry also paid a tribute to the late legend via social media.
He will be greatly missed by his four sons — William, Richard, Peter, and Arthur — as well as by his 10 beloved grandchildren.
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