The Flyers announced today that recently-retired Ian Laperriere has been named Director of Player Personnel. In a statement, Paul Holmgren described exactly what Lappy will be doing in the job.
"We are pleased to add Ian to our staff as Director of Player Development," Holmgren said. "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 basically the same role Laperriere has served for the last two seasons while waiting for his contract to end and retirement to become an official reality. He's worked with young players in a similar role over those last two seasons, although not with the official title thanks to the fact that he was still technically on the team. Definitely seems like it's a good fit for everybody.
"It's a job that suits me well," Laperriere said. "It's one of those jobs that you need a relationship with the young guys and you need to have some experience, and I think I have both. 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."
Good for Lappy and good for the Flyers. It's nice to see him sticking around the organization post-retirement.