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The hockey world remembers Bill Torrey - Architect, legend and more

Condolences from friends near and far for Bow Tie Bill.

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Former Islanders general manager Bill Torrey has passed away at the age of 83. He shepherded the team from its expansion draft, through its formative years, its crushing playoff losses and, eventually, its four consecutive Stanley Cup dynasty. His is a legacy that will not be matched by anyone anytime soon.

Torrey was with the Islanders for 20 years in total, but he was in the hockey business far longer than that, starting with his time at St. Lawrence University, the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL and as general manager of the Oakland Seals. He went from the Islanders to the Florida Panthers, where he spent the franchise’s entire existence as team president.

Torrey was a familiar face around the NHL for a long time and he had an affect on the lives of many. Here are some reflections of the man from Twitter today: