Reports: Flyers to hire Keith Jones as president
The Flyers are going to hire former player Keith Jones as their new president of hockey operations, according to multiple reports.
Jones, 54, has no front office experience. He reportedly was a finalist along with fellow Turner Sports broadcaster Ed Olczyk for the job.
Attempts to reach Jones were unsuccessful. Jones is scheduled to broadcast Thursday night’s Devils-Hurricanes Game 5 in Raleigh, N.C., on TNT.
Jones played the final three years of his nine-year career with the Flyers. He is the lead color analyst for the team’s TV broadcasts.
Former Flyers defenseman Chris Therien, who co-hosts the “Snow The Goalie” podcast, broke the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon and a source confirmed the hiring to The Inquirer on Wednesday night. A Flyers source did not comment when reached Wednesday night.
The Flyers have been looking for a front-office replacement for general manager Chuck Fletcher, who was fired in March.
Jones is expected to be part of a committee to rebuild the Flyers that includes interim general manager Daniel Brière and coach John Tortorella.
Jones played 491 NHL games with the Flyers (1998-2001), Capitals (1992-96) and Avalanche (1996-98). He scored 117 goals and 141 assists for 258 points in his career.
The Brantford, Ontario native also worked on 94WIP’s morning show.