Rocky Thompson hired by Flyers as assistant coach

Saying the Flyers had a rocky season on the ability play final 12 months can be a beneficiant evaluation.

So right here comes Rocky Thompson, who faces the tall order of resurrecting the membership’s league-worst man benefit from 2021-22.

The Flyers hired Thompson as an assistant coach Thursday. Thompson, who turns 45 early subsequent month and is nineteen years youthful than Flyers head coach John Tortorella, is predicted to supervise the membership’s energy play and group of forwards.

“Rocky is a vital addition to our employees and we’re excited to begin working with him,” Tortorella stated in an announcement launched by the crew. “He has a pointy thoughts and eye for the sport however from the primary time we sat down to talk it was clear that he brings enthusiasm and a high-level of vitality wanted for this job. His communication abilities are going to be important to our locker room.”

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Thompson final coached on the Sharks’ employees in 2020-21. He didn’t return to San Jose final season due to a coronavirus vaccine situation.

“Due to a medical exemption that stops me from taking the COVID-19 vaccine, beneath the brand new league protocols, I’m not permitted to satisfy my duties on the Sharks teaching employees at the moment,” Thompson stated in an announcement final September. “I’ll don’t have any additional touch upon this matter.”

In his one season as an affiliate coach with the Sharks, San Jose’s energy play ranked twenty ninth at 14.1 %.

Last season, the Flyers completed with an NHL-worst 12.6 energy play proportion and handled ever-changing personnel on their items. Also, at totally different factors, the person benefit was coached by Michel Therrien, Darryl Williams and John Torchetti.

“It’s been a problem since I’ve been right here day-after-day, the ability play,” Flyers basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher stated on Nov. 30 of final season. “We discuss it internally. You guys ask about it. It’s been seven years, so it is one thing that most likely goes above and past the teaching.”

As head coach of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves from 2017-18 to 2019-20, Thompson went 113-71-29. Chicago had a top-10 energy play in every of his three seasons and made a run to the 2019 Calder Cup Finals.

At the junior hockey degree, Thompson led the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires to the 2017 Memorial Cup title.

When Tortorella received the 2004 Stanley Cup as head coach of the Lightning, Thompson was nonetheless taking part in on the AHL degree.

The Flyers’ teaching employees seems to be set. Brad Shaw was introduced on board earlier this month to supervise the penalty kill and defensemen. Williams (pre-scout, different duties), Kim Dillabaugh (goaltending) and Adam Patterson (video) spherical out the employees.

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