New York Islanders Daily: Reactions To Bill Torrey’s Passing

By Matt O'Leary
EAST MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 29: New York Islanders former general manager Bill Torrey addresses the guests during the New York Islanders memorial service for Al Arbour on August 29, 2016 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
EAST MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 29: New York Islanders former general manager Bill Torrey addresses the guests during the New York Islanders memorial service for Al Arbour on August 29, 2016 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images) /
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Yesterday, the New York Islanders lost a legend, Bill Torrey was The Architect of the best dynasty in all of sports. Players, media members, and fans all had something nice to say to honor him.

No NHL team or team in any four major sports is going to repeat what the New York Islanders did from 1980 to 1984. Over the course of five years, the team would win 19 consecutive playoff series.

With four Stanley Cup wins and another Eastern Conference championship to boot, the Bill Torrey built Islanders were not only one of the best dynasties in the NHL, but historically in the history of sports.

In the salary cap and free agency era, there’s no way a team can repeat the same kind of success that the Islanders had in the 1980’s. The NHL community was able to recognize what Torrey meant to the sport.

Yesterday, the New York Islanders lost their Architect. At the age of 83 years old, Bill Torrey passed away. He served as the team’s General Manager and Alternate Governor from their first year in 1972 to 1992.

As a GM, Torrey drafted five hall of fame players. Five! That’s an incredible hit rate in the draft, that any modern G.M. would love to find. The hockey community, Islanders fans, players and media members had things to share about Torrey.

Here are some of the best ones:

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