Flyers Name Laperriere Director of Player Development
The Flyers have added a fan favorite to their front office.
Ex-winger Ian Laperriere has been named director of player development according to the Flyers website this afternoon.
"We are pleased to add Ian to our staff as director of player development," general manager Paul Holmgren told the Flyers website. "Ian will work closely with all of our young prospects in the system from skill development to fitness to nutrition. We feel that Ian's experiences and enthusiasm for life and the game of hockey make him the perfect man for this important role."
It's a job that suits Laperriere well, especially because he is respected throughout the organization and community for his class and dedication to the game on and off the ice throughout his 16-year career.
Laperriere feels the main attribute he boasts for the job is his ability to communicate with young players.
"I've always been able to relate well with anybody, from 18-year-old kids to 40-year-old veterans. It's always been one of my strengths, so I'm going to use that with these young guys. I'll do the best I can to help all our prospects be successful. It's a challenge for me and I'm looking forward to it."
The 38-year-old announced his retirement from the NHL last week. He hadn't played in a game since the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 due to post-concussion symptoms suffered in that same post season when he took a puck below his eye.