Terry Murray is back with the Flyers organization, but just not where most would expect. The Philadelphia Flyers put out a press release announcing his hiring as head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers AHL affiliate. A 15 year coaching veteran, Holmgren was quite pleased to return Murray to the team.“We feel very fortunate to be able to bring Terry back to the Flyers organization as head coach of the Phantoms,” Holmgren said. “Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, is an excellent teacher and a strong believer in the development process of young players.”
He spent the last 4 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, and was fired midway through the 2012 season as the team sat in the cellar of the Pacific Division. However, he is quite excited for the new opportunity.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization and I’m really looking forward to the challenge that’s out there of coaching the Phantoms,” Murray said. “The youth playing down in the American Hockey League is a real important part of the organization. I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting back into the playoffs and helping these young players develop and become NHL players as quickly as possible.”
Murray spent time with the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, the Los Angeles Kings, as well as Philadelphia. While head coach of the Flyers, he amassed a record of 108-64-30, and led the team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996. Murray also spent 4 years from 2004-2008 as an assistant with Philadelphia. He also spent 12 years in the NHL playing from 1970-1982.
Also, the Flyers announced that former Flyer Ian Laperriere will be appointed as Director of Player Development. A job he has been doing for a few years now, the Flyers could not announce the move as he was still considered an active player. “We are pleased to add Ian to our staff as Director of Player Development,” Holmgren said. “Ian will work closely with all of our young prospects in the system from skill development to fitness to nutrition. We feel that Ian’s experiences and enthusiasm for life and the game of hockey make him the perfect man for this important role.
(All quotes courtesy of the Flyers press release.)