The Philadelphia Flyers made a pair of front office moves on Thursday, bringing a familiar face in as the franchise’s new President of Hockey Operations, and retaining another on a permanent role.
Keith Jones was hired as the Flyers new President of Operations, while Daniel Briere was named the team’s permanent General Manager after previously serving on an interim basis. Jones will lead the strategic direction for all aspects of the hockey operations department while collaborating on business goals. Briere is responsible for all hockey decisions as it pertains to signings, trades and draft picks as well as overseeing scouting, player development, roster construction and more.
“I would like to thank Dan Hilferty for this opportunity and confidence in me. Today is one of the most humble and proudest days of my life,” said Jones. “To be able to lead this team back to the winning tradition that everyone knows it can, and should be, is a true honor and one that I do not take lightly. I consider the Philadelphia Flyers organization the gold standard of the NHL and professional sports. I’ve seen how this city and these fans can rally around their team and there is nothing that compares to that feeling. With this leadership group in place, I am beyond excited and fully confident that we are on the right path and the results will come.”
Jones spent the previous 23 years as an analyst for Flyers telecasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia (NBCSP), as well as national broadcasts on NBC, and most recently for TNT’s coverage of the NHL in each of the last two seasons. In addition to his work on NBCSP and NBC, Jones also spent 21 years on SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Morning Show.
A native of Brantford, Ontario, Jones played nine years in the NHL and registered 258 points (117 goals, 141 assists) and 765 penalty minutes in 491 career regular season games with Washington, Colorado and Philadelphia. He also collected 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) and 120 penalty minutes in 63 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests in eight consecutive postseasons (1992-2000). He retired on November 21, 2000 due to a knee injury.
Briere completed his eighth season with the Flyers front office and served as the club’s Interim General Manager since Mar. 10. He was previously named the Special Assistant to the General Manager in February 2022 after he worked in all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department including scouting and player development where he worked with the club’s prospects, as well as current players, both on and off the ice.
He spent six seasons with the Flyers as player after he signed an eight-year contract as a free agent on July 1, 2007. He recorded 283 points (124 goals, 159 assists) in 364 regular season games. During his tenure with the Flyers, Briere is known as one of the Flyers all-time best playoff performers with over a point-per-game pace with 72 points (37 goals, 35 assists) in 68 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Flyers front office is continuing to prepare for the upcoming 2023 NHL Entry Draft this summer.