The Florida Panthers announced today that Tom Rowe has been promoted to general manager of the club.
Rowe served as head coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate in San Antonio and Portland from Nov. 8, 2013 until Jan. 1, 2016, when he was named associate general manager.
Rowe served as GM and director of player personnel for the AHL’s Lowell Lock Monsters (1998-2006) and Albany River Rats (2006-08), and was also head coach in Lowell (2004-06) and Albany (2006-08).
The Lynn, Mass., native played in 357 National Hockey League games for Washington and Hartford registering 185 points (85 goals, 100 assists) and 615 penalty minutes. Rowe was the first American-born player to score 30 or more goals in an NHL season, accomplishing the feat in 1978–79.
The Panthers also announced that Eric Joyce has been named assistant general manager, and will continue to serve as GM of Florida’s AHL affiliate in 2016-17.