(December 1) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have named Chris Pryor director of hockey operations and Don Luce director of player development, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
"I am extremely excited," said Holmgren in making the announcement. "Chris has been with us for eight years and has been a tremendous judge of talent at the amateur and pro level. Don's resume speaks for itself as he worked in the Buffalo Sabres organization, particularly the past few years when he was in charge of developing their young players. I think these are extremely strong hirings for our organization and I am very excited about this."
Pryor, 45, will be in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments.
A native of St. Paul Minnesota, Pryor was in his eighth season as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders (1984-85 through 1989-90), recording a goal and four assists for five points and 122 penalty minutes in 82 regular season games. After retiring from professional hockey during the 1992-93 season, Pryor joined the Islanders organization as an assistant coach of their International Hockey League affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, for remainder of the 1992-93 season and 1993-94 season and then filled several roles for the Islanders, including strength and conditioning coach, scout and director of player development.
Luce, 58, will be in charge of overseeing the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, and the development of the Flyers' draft picks. He will also be in charge of the Flyers' summer conditioning camp and the team's Rookie Camp, prior to Training Camp.
A native of London, Ontario, Luce most recently served as the Buffalo Sabres' director of player development. In this role, he oversaw the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, and all other drafted players who were Sabres property, including those playing in the Canadian Hockey League, NCAA and Europe. Luce had served in a variety of roles for the Sabres since joining their front office in 1984, including special assignments, assistant coach, North American scout, director of player development and director of player personnel.
Luce played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs (1969-70 through 1981-82), recording 225 goals and 329 assists for 554 points and 364 penalty minutes in 894 regular season games. He won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey" for the 1974-75 season. Over parts of 10 seasons with the Sabres 1971-72 to 1980-81), Luce registered 216 goals and 310 assists for 526 points and 304 penalty minutes in 766 regular season games. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1986.