Flyers name Laperriere to front office

Posted: June 30, 2012

The Flyers on Friday welcomed back a former player and a former coach to serve in different roles next season.

Recently retired Ian Laperriere, who recorded 20 points for the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, will serve as the team's director of player development, and former head coach Terry Murray will return to the Flyers as the head coach of the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.

Laperriere, 38, played in 1,038 games over 16 NHL seasons, recording 336 points. Because of post-concussion dyndrome, he didn't appear in an NHL game after the Flyers lost in the playoffs in 2010, but didn't officially retire until two weeks ago.

"It's a job that suits me well," Laperriere said in a statement. "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."

The addition of Murray behind the bench in the AHL provides experience for the Flyers' affiliate.

Murray, who led the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, has coached more than 1,000 games in the NHL. His teams have qualified for the playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons as an NHL head coach.

Murray, 61, was fired as the coach of the Flyers after the 1997 loss in the Finals, though he stayed on as a scout the following season. He helped form the Legion of Doom line for the Flyers, with Eric Lindros centering John LeClair and Mikael Renberg.

He was fired as Los Angeles Kings coach in December after a 13-12 start. The Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization, and I'm really looking forward to the challenge that's out there of coaching the Phantoms," Murray said. "The youth playing down in the American Hockey League is a real important part of the organization."

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