Laperriere, former NHL player, named coach of Flyers AHL affiliate

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Ian Laperriere was named coach of the Philadelphia Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

The 47-year-old was an assistant coach with the Flyers the past eight seasons.

“He has been an extremely dedicated individual to the Flyers organization and has shown a strong work ethic as a player, development coach and an assistant over the last 12 years for us,” Philadelphia general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “We are excited to have him at the forefront of developing our prospects, preparing them to reach the NHL and bringing success to Lehigh Valley.”

Laperriere scored 336 points (121 goals, 215 assists) as a forward in 1,083 NHL games in 16 seasons with the Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. He played 82 games for Philadelphia in 2009-10 but sustained a concussion when he was hit in the face blocking a shot in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the New Jersey Devils and never played again.

Laperriere remained active with the Flyers the following season and won the 2011 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy voted as the NHL player who best exemplified the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

After retiring as a player June 12, 2012, he was hired by Philadelphia as director of player development, a role he held for one season before becoming an assistant coach.

“The Phantoms are a first-class organization in the AHL and the fan base in Lehigh Valley [is] the very best at showing their support at every game,” Laperriere said. “I look forward to developing the players in our system, helping the Flyers reach their goals by continuing the success of the Phantoms and building towards winning a Calder Cup championship.”

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