Flyers announce new Phantoms Coach
The Flyers announced that Ian Laperriere will officially be named the new head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Laperriere had been an assistant coach for the Flyers over the last eight seasons. He last played for the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, then joined the Flyers organization as the director of player development in 2012. He becomes the Phantoms 11th head coach in franchise history.
The promotion comes after Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon and the team mutually agreed to part ways. We will hear from Chuck Fletcher and Ian Laperriere today at 10:40am. I’m sure there will be additional assistants and other organizational role changes to discuss.
Ian Laperriere NHL Career:
Laperriere has appeared in 1,083 regular season games over 16 NHL seasons where he posted 121 goals and 215 assists for 336 points and 1,956 penalty minutes with the St. Louis Blues (1993-96), New York Rangers (1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-04), Colorado Avalanche (2005-09) and Flyers (2009-10). He appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on April 11, 2009 vs. Vancouver Canucks as a member of the Avalanche.
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