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John LeClair joins Patrick Sharp as Flyers’ latest front office hires

The Philadelphia Flyers named another member to its front office on Thursday, with another former face returning to the franchise.

John LeClair was named to the position of Special Advisor to Hockey Operations, according to General Manager Daniel Briere. LeClair is the second former Flyers player to return to the front office, joining Patrick Sharp who was signed to a similar role on Tuesday.

“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 President of Hockey Operations Keith 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.”

“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.”

LeClair, 53, will work alongside 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. A former second round pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 1987, LeClair recorded 819 points (406 goals, 413 assists) in 967 career NHL games in 16 seasons

The long-time Flyers alternate captain was infamously 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. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2014.

Sharp, 41, is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion after playing 16 years as a pro. He was an alternate captain on the Chicago Blackhawks Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

A former third round pick by the Flyers in 2001, Sharp lifted the Calder Cup in the AHL in 2005. He collected 620 points (287 goals, 333 assists) in 939 career NHL games in 15 seasons with Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas.

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