Philadelphia Flyers President Ron Ryan announced his retirement after 18 years with the organization and will now serve the team as a consultant.
"It's one of the hardest decisions that I've had to make," said Ryan. "It has been a privilege and an honor to work for Ed Snider and the Flyers for the past 18 years," said Ryan. "I have had a wonderful experience working along side some truly wonderful people in the Flyers organization and at Comcast-Spectacor. I thank them all for making these years so special."
"My only regret is we weren't able to get a Stanley Cup back to Philadelphia to share with the greatest hockey fans in the National Hockey League," added Ryan. "However, I know our organization is well prepared for the future and I am confident it won't be long before the Cup is returned."
"The Flyers under Ron's direction have been among the National Hockey League leaders in attendance year-in and year-out, and are recognized as a model franchise in the League," said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider who founded the Flyers in l967. "Ron has greatly contributed to this success and I will personally miss him. I thank Ron for all that he has done for the Flyers."
Additionally, Snider announced Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko will increase his responsibilities with the Flyers.
Ryan was appointed Flyers President on June 13, 2003, after serving as the team's Chief Operating Officer for the previous 12 seasons. He joined the Flyers as Executive Vice President in May of l988. A life-long hockey professional, Ryan was head coach of the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association from l973-75, before becoming the club's General Manager the following season. He became the Executive Director of the WHA in l978 and administered the legal closing of the League in l979-80.
Ryan has four children Doug, Susan, Kaitland and Tenley.