Bob Tory begins his 12th year as General Manager and 8th as the Governor of the Tri-City Americans. Tory’s responsibilities center on the overall hockey operations of the team. Tory oversees the coaching staff, scouts and players. He also handles the recruitment of players, all trade decisions, roster changes, player contracts and the scheduling of the Americans’ games. Tory also serves as a managing partner with the club and oversees the business operations of the franchise.
Outside of his team duties, Tory has also served on several WHL committees, including the Hockey Operations Committee (2000-01), the Hockey Regulations Committee (2001-02, 2002-03 and 2007-08) and the Hockey Officiating Committee (2004-05).
During Tory’s tenure, the Americans have posted a record of 427-295-24-15 with 31 ties (0.583 win%). Tory has guided the franchise through some of its finest years – including an appearance in the Western Hockey League Finals and all four of the team’s U.S. Division crowns. For over a decade serving as the team’s General Manager, Tory has molded the Americans into one of the most consistently competitive and exciting teams in the WHL.
Prior to joining Tri-City, Tory served as the General Manager in Kootenay (1995-2001), where he led the Ice to the 1999-00 WHL Championship and the 2000 Memorial Cup Tournament in Halifax. In 1989, Tory took over the role of Asst. General Manager and Dir. of Player Personnel for the Portland Winter Hawks and, in 1991-92, the ‘Hawks captured the Western Conference title. Tory worked with Portland for five seasons before leaving in the summer of 1994 when he accepted the General Manager position with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Tory’s first step into the Western Hockey League was with the Prince Albert Raiders, where he worked as a scout in the Alberta province from 1982 to 1989, which included the Raiders’ 1985 Memorial Cup championship. During that time, Tory also worked as the physical education department head and high school physical education teacher at Kenilworth Junior High in Edmonton. From 1977 to 1987, Tory coached minor hockey in Edmonton, where he also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta in 1980.