Flyers name LeClair to special advisor post

John LeClair

      John LeClair was a big part of one of the most successful eras in Flyers history and now the team is hoping to recapture some of that magic as it rebuilds its front office.

      Shortly after naming Patrick Sharp a special advisor in the hockey operations department, the team announced on Thursday it is hiring LeClair to an identical position.

      The move was announced by general manager Daniel Briere.

      “We have another great addition to our hockey operations team in John LeClair,” said Briere. “John’s hockey resume speaks for itself. His passion for the city of Philadelphia along with his strong leadership skills will be a key component to building our team back into its winning ways.”

      President of hockey operations Keith Jones expressed similar optimism regarding the hire of LeClair.

      “Adding in John LeClair to work in conjunction with Patrick Sharp and the rest of our hockey operations group will be a powerful combination with their vast hockey knowledge and a ‘team-first’ mentality,” said Jones. “John has been around the NHL and the game for a long time and knows what it takes to bring the core ethics of our foundation to the Philadelphia Flyers.”

      LeClair, a former Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, said he looks forward to his new role with the Flyers. He helped the Flyers make it to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997.

      “I’m extremely excited and honored to be named a special advisor to hockey operations,” said LeClair. “I’m most looking forward to being a part of this group and ensuring our number one priority is to bring the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”

      LeClair, 53, will work alongside Patrick Sharp and will be involved in all aspects of the club’s hockey operations department with a strong focus on player development with Flyers prospects.

      The St. Albans, Vermont native was originally selected by the Canadiens in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1987 NHL Draft and was a member of the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup winning team in 1993. He represented the United States at the 1988 and 1989 IIHF World Junior Championships, won a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, played in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

      LeClair recorded 406 goals/819 points in 967 career NHL games in 16 seasons (1990-2007) with Montreal, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The former winger tallied 42 goals/89 points in 154 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The long-time Flyers alternate captain was part of the “Legion of Doom” line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg and became the first American-born NHL player, second Flyer, to register three consecutive 50-goal seasons.

      The left wing was inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2014.

      LeClair will continue to coach this summer for 3ICE, the exhilarating, fast-paced, family-affordable, three-on-three professional North American ice hockey league, heading to Hershey’s Giant Center on Wednesday, July 5, and the season-ending Patrick Cup Championship at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m.

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Wayne Fish has been covering the Flyers since 1976, a stint which includes 18 Stanley Cup Finals, four Winter Olympics and numerous other international events.