Sports Legend and Hall of Famer Dead at 83

May 03, 2018

Bill Torrey, longtime general manager of the New York Islanders hockey team, died on Thursday at home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 83 years old.


His death was confirmed by his son Richard Torrey, who said that he did not yet know the cause of death.


Torrey was named the general manager of the Islanders in 1972 and went on to build a team that won four consecutive Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s.


William Arthur Torrey was born on June 23, 1934, in Montreal to Josephine Leonard, a homemaker, and Arthur Torrey, who ran a brokerage firm.


He studied business at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and played hockey for the university for three seasons.


He became the executive vice president of the Oakland Seals in 1968 but left in 1970 after clashing with the new team owner.


When the NHL expanded in 1972 with the addition of the New York Islanders, Torrey was hired on to lead the new franchise.


The Islanders reached the playoffs for the first time in 1975, beginning a stretch of 14 straight winning seasons, including a run of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 to 1983.


Torrey retired from hockey in 2001.


His marriages to Sallie Robinson and Carolyn O’Kelly ended in divorce.


He is survived by his son Richard, three other sons, William, Peter, and Arthur, a brother, David, a sister, Jane Stauffer, and 10 grandchildren.

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