John LeClair joins the Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have added another former player to their leadership group and the latest acquisition is well known to Montreal: John LeClair, in fact, will serve as a special advisor for hockey operations.

This ad is essentially identical to the one made on Tuesday, when the organization offered the same role to former color conveyor Patrick Sharp; The latter will also operate jointly with LeClair. The club office is already dependent on Keith Jones and Daniel Breyer, Head of Hockey Operations and General Manager respectively. All of these people have a common view that they developed in Philadelphia during their on-ice careers.

LeClair may have won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in the spring of 1993, but he had his best years in Eastern Pennsylvania. Traded to the Flyers on February 9, 1995 along with Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne (notably against Mark Rickey), the American shone in an orange, black and white uniform. After his departure, he had three consecutive campaigns of at least 50 goals, and then two more goals out of 40 or more, thanks mainly to the contributions of his line-partners Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

“John’s hockey resume says it all. His passion for the city combined with his strong leadership skills will be a major asset in the process of getting our team back on the road to success,” Brier said in a press release.

The new chancellor added, “I’m happy to be part of this group and my number one priority is giving the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”

The team struggled in its final season, finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference. Missed the playoffs the past three seasons.

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