Laperriere named head coach of Phantoms


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The Philadelphia Flyers have named Ian Laperriere head coach of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Laperriere, 47, has spent the final eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Flyers, following one season because the staff’s director of participant improvement.

“We’re very glad to have Ian function the following head coach of the Phantoms,” stated Flyers president of hockey operations and common supervisor Chuck Fletcher. “He has been a particularly devoted particular person to the Flyers group and has proven a robust work ethic as a participant, improvement coach and an assistant during the last 12 years for us. We’re excited to have him on the forefront of creating our prospects, getting ready them to achieve the NHL and bringing success to Lehigh Valley.”

Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1992, Laperriere performed 1,083 video games within the Nationwide Hockey League with St. Louis, the N.Y. Rangers, Los Angeles, Colorado and Philadelphia. He accomplished his enjoying profession with the Flyers in 2009-10, reaching the Stanley Cup Ultimate, and gained the NHL’s Invoice Masterton Trophy in 2010-11.

“I’m very excited for this subsequent problem in my profession and I wish to thank Chuck Fletcher, Brent Flahr and Barry Hanrahan, in addition to Jim and Rob Brooks for this chance,” stated Laperriere. “The Phantoms are a first-class group within the AHL and the fan base in Lehigh Valley are the perfect at exhibiting their assist at each recreation. I look ahead to creating the gamers in our system, serving to the Flyers attain their objectives by persevering with the success of the Phantoms and constructing in the direction of successful a Calder Cup championship.”


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