2019 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp: Meet the Coaches

The 2019 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp runs from August 16-19, 2019 in Atlantic City, NJ. All of this year's camp instructors are very familiar names to hockey fans, and they bring a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience.  Something else they all have in common: A love for having a good time.  In fact, the Alumni coaches have every bit as much as our camp attendees, both on and off the ice. 
 
Meet our 2019 instructors (listed alphabetically):
 
Bill Barber: One of two Hockey Hall of Fame inductees coaching at this year's camp, Bill Barber was one of the NHL's elite all-around left wingers of the 1970s to early 1980s. The Flyers retired his number 7 jersey in 1990; one of five numbers retired in franchise history. 
 
As a coach, Barber won the Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998 and the Jack Adams Award (NHL coach of the year) in 2000-01. 
 
Martin Biron: A first-time instructor at Alumni Camp, Martin Biron was a capable starting goaltender for the Flyers for two-plus seasons in the late 2000s after coming over in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. In particular, Biron was a workhorse for Philly during the 2008-09 regular season (30-20-9 record, 2.59 GAA, .918 SV%, five shutouts). In the playoffs, he was spectacular in the team's five-game upset of the favored Montreal Canadiens as the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference Final.
 
Always an affable and analytical player during his NHL career, Biron was a fan favorite both in Buffalo and Philadelphia. Following his playing days, he made a smooth transition to a broadcasting career.
 
Danny Briere: A fan favorite wherever he played and one of the NHL's top playoff performers of the 2000s and 2010s, Briere played 973 regular season games (307 goals, 696 points) and 124 playoff games (53 goals, 116 points). 
 
His best years were with the Buffalo Sabres and Flyers. After signing with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 1997, Briere spent six seasons with the Flyers. For his Philadelphia regular season career, Briere compiled 124 goals and 283 points in 365 regular season games.
 
His performance in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs in particular was extraordinary. Briere played a pivotal role in bringing the Flyers to within two victories of the Stanley Cup as he produced 12 goals and 30 points in 23 games.
 
Bill Clement: A member of both Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams, Bill Clement brought speed and two-way awareness during his lengthy NHL career. He scored a valuable insurance goal in the third period of the Flyers' Cup-clinching Game 6 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in 1975.
 
Clement went on to enjoy a productive NHL playing career with the Capitals and Flames after leaving the Flyers. He played in two NHL All-Star Games He later began a prolific broadcasting career on both the local and national levels. He also became a highly successful and much-sought public speaker.
 
Mark Howe: The son of the legendary Gordie Howe carved out a stellar career of his own as a star left winger turned star defenseman. He is widely regarded as the top offensive and all-around defenseman in Flyers franchise history.
 
Howe holds the distinction of being a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the Flyers Hall of Fame, Lester Patrick Trophy winner (for lifetime contributions to hockey in the United States) and having his No. 2 jersey retired by the Flyers. After his playing days, he became a longtime pro scout for the Detroit Red Wings.
 
Keith Jones: Over the course of his NHL career with the Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche and the Flyers, "Jonesy" provided a gritty presence, a tenacious forechecker and showed a willingness to battle in the high-punishment and high-reward areas of the ice. He also got under opponents' skin. Jones knew how to keep his own team loose with his quick wit.

After his acquisition from Colorado, Jones settled on the Flyers' top line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair in a new version of the "Legion of Doom." Jones proved to be an effective complementary player to the two superstars.
 
Following his playing days, Joe began a successful broadcasting career, both locally on Flyers telecasts and nationally on NBCSN and NBC.
 
Bob "the Hound" Kelly: A member of both Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams, the energetic Kelly was a consummate team player and a sparkplug in his team's championship engine. Over the course of his decade in orange and black, Kelly played for four teams that reached the Stanley Cup Final. Off the ice, Kelly's good-natured sense of humor and outgoing personality made him a favorite of teammates, fans, and reporters alike. 
 
Kelly scored the most important goal of his career in Game 6 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final agains the Buffalo Sabres. With the Flyers leading the Buffalo Sabres 3 games to 2 in the Stanley Cup Finals, they entered the third period of Game 6 in a scoreless deadlock.  Kelly's goal in the opening seconds of the period proved to be the Cup-winner for the team.
 
Following his playing days, Kelly has brought a similar level to dedication to role as the Flyers Ambassador of Hockey throughout the Delaware Valley Community to his devotion to his team on the ice. 
 
Ian Laperriere: There are some hockey players whose value to their teams is much better measured by their longevity than by goals and assists. Ian Laperriere's 1,083 regular season games and 67 playoff matches in the NHL spoke volumes about the worth of his contributions. He brought toughness, a team-first mentality, and an energetic can-do attitude that made him both a team leader and fan favorite. 
 
Laperriere excelled at the unglamorous but vital aspects of the game: board work, penalty killing and shot blocking. A fierce body checker, Laperriere packed surprising power on his frame. He also knew how to get under opponents' skin verbally, and was eminently willing to drop the gloves whenever the situation called for it. 
 
Dating back to the 2013-14 season, "Lappy" has been a Flyers assistant coach under Craig Berube, Dave Hakstol, Scott Gordon and Alain Vigneault. Previously, he served as a Flyers player development coach. 
 
Brad Marsh: A team leader and heart-and-soul type on and off the ice, Brad Marsh was a member of the Flyers teams that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1984-85 and 1986-87. An accomplished shot-blocker, penalty killer and reliable defensive defenseman, Marsh knew how to use his big frame to his advantage and make an accurate first pass. 
 
Marsh played in 1,086 NHL regular season games (514 with the Flyers). For his Flyers career, he was plus-99. After living and working in Ottawa for many years, Marsh returned to live in the Delaware Valley in 2015. He became the Flyers' director of community development and served as president of the Flyers Alumni Association.
 
Joe Watson:  A member of the Flyers' Hall of Fame, a two-time Stanley Cup winner as an alternate captain, and a two-time NHL All-Star Game participant, Joe Watson has served the Flyers organization both on and off-the-ice for the vast majority of franchise history. The defenseman was a member of the inaugural 1967-68 team and still works for the organization to this very day. The only interruption came as he was finishing up his NHL playing career as a member of the Colorado Rockies. 
 
To this day,  Joe Watson remains the leader and heart-and-soul driving force behind the Flyers Alumni Team. Even at age 76, he still plays in almost every Alumni Team game. Competitive as ever, he still exhorts his teammates to represent the Flyers crest with pride. Off-the-ice, his booming speaking voice and love of laughter make his presence instantly recognizable. 
 
About the 2019 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp: Sixty participants from all over North America and widely divergent levels of hockey skills and playing experience in their backgrounds – ranging from novice players to rec league weekend warriors and some attendees who’ve played extensively – will bond together on and off the ice while mingling with the Flyers Alumni camp instructors. Each of the first four camps have sold out all registration spots. Don't delay, register today.