Chris Pronger has left his role with the front office of the Florida Panthers, the team announced. Pronger had been the senior VP of hockey operations, notes Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. He’s been in the role since June of 2017 after three years of working for the NHL in the Department of Player Safety.
Pronger made his NHL debut in 1993-1994, playing for 18 years with the Hartford Whalers, Blues, Oilers, Ducks, and Flyers. The Hall-of-Famer was a four-time All-Star and the winner of the Norris and Hart Trophies after a monster 1999-2000 season with the Blues in which he put up 62 points and a league-leading plus-52 while on the ice. He also averaged a brutal 30 minutes and 14 seconds of ice time that year. Pronger would win his only cup in 2006-2007, the first of a three-year tenure with the Anaheim Ducks. The hulking defenseman retired after the 2011-2012 season.
The decision to leave his role with the Panthers appears to be Pronger’s. He’s leaving to launch Well Inspired Plans, a travel agency he’s heading up with his wife, per Adam Kimelman of NHL.com. The Panthers thanked Pronger for his contributions in their statement, writing: “…Chris approached the role with great passion and provided our team with a fresh and unique perspective…”