Dryden native and NHL Hall of Famer Chris Pronger has stepped down from his role of senior vice-president of hockey operations and senior advisor for the Florida Panthers.
"I want to personally thank the Viola family, Doug Cifu, Dale Tallon and all of the staff with the Florida Panthers. I was able to grow as an executive and more importantly as a person in my three years with the hockey club. I wish the Panthers organization nothing but the best in the upcoming playoffs and years to come,” said Pronger, in a prepared statement.
Pronger says he will be transitioning into his new role with his family’s new business venture, Well Inspired Travels, a luxury travel and wellness service that caters to athletes, executives and business owners.
"We want to thank Chris for his invaluable contributions to the Florida Panthers organization,” wrote the president of hockey operations and general manager of the Panthers, Dale Tallon.
“Since joining our hockey operations staff in 2017, Chris approached his role with great passion and provided our team with a fresh and unique perspective. A true professional, champion and proud family man, we wish Chris, Lauren and the Pronger family the very best in their new business endeavor, Well Inspired Travels."
Pronger has been working with the Panthers since his NHL contract officially expired in 2017, but he hasn’t played since 2011 due to post concussion syndrome symptoms. The second overall pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft posted 698 points and 1,590 penalty minutes in 1,167 career games.
Pronger won the league’s Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) and James Norris Trophy (best defenceman) after the 1999-2000 season, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. The NHL named Pronger one of the league’s Top 100 Players of All-Time, and he’s the eighth player to have his jersey retired by the St. Louis Blues.
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