Where Are They Now: Flyers Alumni in NHL Hockey Ops

 
 
Throughout the National Hockey League, there are a host of Flyers Alumni involved in scouting departments and front offices. This is not only true within the Philadelphia Flyers organization, where there are 13 Flyers Alumni who now work in hockey operations (coaching, scouting, etc.) for the team or work in conjunction with senior management.   
 
Note: This total does not include Flyers Alumni who work for the organization in other capacities, such as community development director Brad Marsh, Ambassador of Hockey representative Bob "the Hound" Kelly, or sales executive Joe Watson. 
 
It also does not include recently retired Alumni figures such as Simon Nolet, who retired in 2018 after 28 years of scouting for the organization. Nolet, who debuted in the NHL for the Flyers' inaugural 1967-68 season and remained with the team through the Stanley Cup winning 1973-74 campaign, spent a combined total of 38 years with the Flyers organization. 
 
Among the current scouts, Dennis Patterson is the longest tenured. The former Maine Mariners captain, who also suited up in several NHL games for the Flyers in 1979-80 among his combined 138 NHL games, became a Flyers scout in 1983-84. He learned his craft alongside the late Gerry Melnyk -- a former NHL player himself and a legendary name in the scouting community.
 
Patterson's first tenure as a Flyers scout lasted seven years. In 1990, he accompanied Bob Clarke to the Minnesota North Stars when Clarkie became Minnesota's general manager. Dennis served as the team's director of scouting until 1994, when he returned to the Flyers at the start of Clarke's second tenure as Flyers GM. 
 
Ever since, Patterson has remained with the Flyers as an amateur scout with an Ontario home base. He's still among the most respected scouting voices in the organization. In total, between playing and his two scouting tenures, Dennis is at 39 years and counting with the Flyers.
 
Another long-tenured Flyers Alum who has loyally served the organization as a scout -- pro scouting in his case -- is Al Hill. Before beginning a coaching and then scouting career, Hill played 221 regular season games and 51 playoff games for the Flyers. He rejoined the organization as a scout in 1998, and has remained ever since for the last 22 years. 
 
Legendary enforcer Dave Brown, who had two playing stints for the Flyers (1982-83 to 1988-89, 1991-92 to 1994-95), later had an assistant coaching tenure. He returned to the organization in player personnel and scouting capacities in 2006-07. Since 2013-14, he has been the Flyers' director of pro scouting.
 
"When you talk about guys like Simon, Dennis, Hilly, and Brownie, I mean, those are some pretty impressive shifts they've put in through different regimes and general managers," Flyers Alumni Association president Brad Marsh said. "They're all bright hockey guys, and they also understand what it means to be a Philadelphia Flyer."
 
Excluding still-active players who suited up for the Flyers before moving on to other organizations, there are 38 additional Flyers Alumni who currently work for NHL teams on the coaching, scouting or executive sides, plus several others (such as longtime former New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow) who were in such positions until fairly recently.
 
Extend the list to Flyers Alumni who are involved in hockey broadcasting -- including Bill Clement, Keith Jones, Steve Coates and studio analyst Chris Therien's respective involvement in Flyers TV or radio broadcasts, and the ranks grow even further. If broadcasters are included, the total grows by an additional 12 when national broadcasters such as Jonesy, Dave Poulin (in Canada) and longtime TV personality Jeremy Roenick are included. 
 
Indicated below is a partial up-to-date roll call of Flyers Alumni currently working for NHL teams. The list -- but not the aforementioned totals -- included Alumni who played for Flyers' AHL farm teams but not for the NHL club itself, NHL Alumni who later coached or worked in hockey ops for the Flyers but did not play for the team, other Alumni Flyers coaches still employed in the league, and the sons of Alumni who work for teams around the league.
 
Flyers: Ian Laperriere (assistant coach), Kerry Huffman (Lehigh Valley assistant coach), Kjell Samuelsson (player development), Nick Schultz( player development), Dave Brown (head pro scout), Ross Fitzpatrick (pro scout), Al Hill (pro scout), Mark Greig (amateur scout), Dennis Patterson (amateur scout), Jack McIlhargey (amateur scout), Paul Holmgren (senior advisor), Bob Clarke (senior advisor), Bill Barber (senior advisor), Bill Clement (broadcaster), Keith Jones (broadcaster), Steve Coates (broadcaster), Brett Hextall (player development), Nick Pryor (Chris' son, amateur scout), Wade Clarke (Bob's son, college scout).
 
Anaheim Ducks: Glen Cochrane (scout)
 
Arizona Coyotes: Rick Tocchet (head coach)
 
Boston Bruins: Dennis Bonvie (scout)
 
Buffalo Sabres: None
 
Calgary Flames: Ron Sutter (player development)
 
Carolina Hurricanes: Rod Brind'Amour (head coach), Daniel Eklund (Pelle's son, scout)
 
Chicago Blackhawks: Mark Eaton (director, player development), Greg Hawgood (pro scout), Anatoli Semenov (scout), Derek Plante (development coach)
 
Colorado Avalanche: None
 
Columbus Blue Jackets: Rich Sutter (pro scout), Craig Hartsburg (scouting coordinator), Jody Shelley (broadcaster)
 
Dallas Stars: John Stevens (assistant coach), Jeff Reese (goalie coach)
 
Detroit Red Wings: Mark Howe (director of pro scouting)
 
Edmonton Oilers:  Dave Tippett (head coach), Ken Hitchcock (senior advisor)
 
Florida Panthers: Neil Little (pro scout)
 
LA Kings: Ron Hextall (Scouting consultant), Peter White (AHL pro scout)
 
Minnesota Wild: Richard Park (pro scout), Wes Walz (broadcaster)
 
Montreal Canadiens: Scott Mellanby (assistant GM), Luke Richardson (assistant coach), Rob Ramage (director of player development), Sean Burke (goaltending scouting consultant), Reid Simpson (western Canada amateur scout)
 
Nashville Predators: Chris Pryor (North American amateur scout), Terry Crisp (TV studio analyst)
 
New Jersey Devils: Eric Weinrich (player development coach), Chris Shero (Ray's son/ Fred's grandson, amateur scout), Vaclav Slansky Jr. (European scout, son of Flyers scout Vaclav Slansky Sr.), Tomas Sinisalo (Ilkka's son,European scout), Chico Resch (broadcaster), Ryan Parent (Albany Devils assistant coach)
 
New York Islanders: Trent Klatt (director of amateur scouting), Vladimir Malakhov (player development), Bob Hoffmeyer (pro scout)
 
New York Rangers: Gordie Clark (director, player personnel), Steve Eminger (pro scout)
 
Ottawa Senators: None
 
Pittsburgh Penguins: Mark Recchi (assistant coach), Kevin Stevens (pro and special assignment scout)
 
San Jose Sharks: Mike Ricci (assistant coach), Tomi Kallio (European scout)
 
St. Louis Blues: Craig Berube (head coach), Bill Armstrong (Assistant GM/ scouting director), Rob DiMaio (director of player personnel)
 
Tampa Bay Lightning: Mikael Andersson (European scout), Bobby Taylor (TV studio analyst)
 
Toronto Maple Leafs: Dave Hakstol (assistant coach)
 
Vancouver Canucks: Nolan Baumgartner (assistant coach), Robert Esche (president, Utica Comets)
 
Vegas Golden Knights: Ryan McGill (assistant coach), Mike McKenna (broadcast analyst)
 
Washington Capitals: None
 
Winnipeg Jets:  Rick St. Croix (goalie development coach/ Manitoba Moose)
 
Others: Dave Poulin (TSN broadcast analyst),  Todd Fedoruk (current Lehigh Valley Phantoms TV broadcast analyst), Brian Boucher (NBC broadcaster), Jeremy Roenick (broadcaster), Garth Snow (GM then senior advisor, New York Islanders through 2018-19),  Peter Laviolette (began 2019-20 season as Nashville Predators head coach), Garry Galley (HNIC analyst).