Thomas Drance Steps Down as Editor in Chief, Takes Position With The Florida Panthers

Nation World HQ
January 04 2017 05:00AM

The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers. 

Since joining the Nation Network as a writer in 2011, Drance rose through the ranks within our team until eventually being named Editor in Chief in February of 2015, a role he excelled at before accepting the position of Vice President of Communications and Public Relations with the Florida Panthers.

In his time as Editor in Chief, Drance pushed the Nation Network forward in terms of quality of content, growing the writer base, as well as the expansion of the Network itself. Thomas was integral to the negotiations and additions of both BlueJaysNation.com and WingsNation.com to our stable of sites, as well as overseeing the Nation Network as traffic swelled to over 160 million page views per year.

Having a team member leave the Nation Network for an opportunity with an NHL team is not new to us. This trend is something that we’ve seen before and we wear it like a badge of honour. We could not be happier to support Thomas with his new opportunity to work for a National Hockey League team. In our industry, working for an NHL team is viewed as the pinnacle of success and we are thrilled to see Thomas Drance get the chance to live out that dream. His hard work, dedication, and attention to detail will serve him well in his new role and it is an opportunity that is well deserved. 

The Nation Network will remain committed to building and maintaining the best collection of free content on the web, and that includes continuing the fine work and ideas conceived by Thomas Drance. Effective immediately, the new Editor in Chief of the Nation Network will be Mike Gagnon, a longtime behind-the-scenes member of the Network who has extensive experience in team building, social media, and content generation.

Read the official Florida Panthers release on Thomas Drance's new role here.

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We are the people that keep this whole circus running. We get no love but get to see Wanye freak out about stuff in person which is kind of a trade off.
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#1 TheRealRusty
January 04 2017, 05:42AM
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CA staffers to Florida Panthers HQ. Our way of getting even for the Ballard, Booth and Gudbranson trades? If that is the plan we are sending the wrong CA staffers to them...

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#2 wot96
January 04 2017, 06:47AM
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Congratulations.

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#3 Arminius
January 04 2017, 07:44AM
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Farewell Tiny Drancer

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#4 Dan B
January 04 2017, 08:17AM
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Congrats and best wishes.

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#5 Whackanuck
January 04 2017, 08:46AM
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That's great for Drance. What hockey fan wouldn't like a job with an NHL team. In Florida?

It's even likely the Cats will make him GM.

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#6 C Watson
January 04 2017, 08:48AM
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Congrats and good luck!

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#7 Wanye
January 04 2017, 08:59AM
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Well done Thom! I look forward to watching the Oilers kick your team half way to hell when you have the misfortune to meet us on the field of battle. You did a great job during your time here, good luck with everything.

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#8 Village Idiot Union
January 04 2017, 09:08AM
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Hey Mike. You should send Thom some of those giant Gregor heads to get started on the "make the empty seats not empty mission".

Wanye, do we get Jagr as a compensatory pick in lieu of Thom being plucked?

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#9 The_Blueline
January 04 2017, 09:32AM
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Congrats. It's tough that all the CA use their abilities to the detriment of the Canucks. Maybe initiate the trade in our favour for once?

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#10 Dirty30
January 04 2017, 09:37AM
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At this rate can we dream that Vanessa will one day replace Bettman and everything will be right in the world again?

Congrats to Drancer!

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#11 BuffaloBillsOfHockey
January 04 2017, 10:00AM
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Congratulations Drance, we'll miss you.

So...Hansen to FLA for ___________, I presume?

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#12 jake
January 04 2017, 10:33AM
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Tell the TV production there to elevate the cameras there in the building for better viewing angle. Difficult to watch when most of the action takes place in that glass/air interface at top of glass. Oh and congrats.

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#13 Freud
January 04 2017, 10:48AM
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How many Oilers nation guys have been hired by NHL teams?

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#14 Locust
January 04 2017, 11:09AM
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Congrats to Mr Drance.

Should the "sunshine" state ever need some 'doom and gloom dark cloud negativity' there is a CA writer who could fit the bill.....

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#15 kittensandcookies
January 04 2017, 12:05PM
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So who's going to be the first person from the Nation to become an NHL GM?

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#16 TrueBlue
January 04 2017, 12:45PM
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@kittensandcookies

Ryan Biech.

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#17 Wanye
January 04 2017, 01:06PM
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Freud wrote:

How many Oilers nation guys have been hired by NHL teams?

I wore Bruins sweatpants to school most of Grade 5. Does that count?

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#18 Ron Burgundy
January 04 2017, 02:59PM
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Congrats. Next stop: the White House?

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#19 WSO
January 04 2017, 04:21PM
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@Freud

you do realize the nation network was started in Edmonton right?........Theyre all technically 'Oilers Nation' Guys

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#20 nrXic
January 04 2017, 05:07PM
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Awesome news!

I follow the Panther's social media presence a bit, and I can tell you they're not short on effort in trying to grow the game down there.

It might seem like a tough task but any lessons learned there can be applied to the entire league, ultimately growing this sport that we all love.

As a hockey fan first and foremost I not only wish you the best over there, but the entire organization as well.

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#21 TrueBlue
January 05 2017, 01:55PM
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Ha!

And if the Arizona Coyotes win a cup, they'll be celebrating in Winnipeg.

But I do agree that this is something the whole nation network should celebrate as a whole.

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#22 Jeremy Davis
January 06 2017, 10:52AM
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TrueBlue wrote:

Ha!

And if the Arizona Coyotes win a cup, they'll be celebrating in Winnipeg.

But I do agree that this is something the whole nation network should celebrate as a whole.

Technically, we're all employees of Oilers Nation, the original company, and we just publish on different sites.

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