The Philadelphia Flyers have named Bill Barber as a scouting consultant.
Barber, 56, had spent the previous six seasons (2002-03 through 2007-08) as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Lightning, including their Stanley Cup Championship season in 2003-04. In that role, he assisted former Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster in all aspects of player evaluation and had significant influence on all player-related decisions.
“Bill Barber is and always will be a Philadelphia Flyer,” said GM Paul Holmgren in a statement. “We are pleased to add him to our staff. He will bring a great work ethic as well as a vast knowledge of players to the organization.”
Prior to joining the Lightning organization, Barber had served in a variety of roles for the Flyers, including head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey (1984-85 and 1995-96) and in Philadelphia (1996-97 through 1999-2000), assistant coach (1985-86 through 1987-88, 1993-94 through 1994-95 and 2000-01), director of pro scouting (1988-89 through 1995-96) and head coach (2000-01 and 2001-02).
“It’s great to come back home where I belong,” said Barber. “I spent 30 memorable years with the Flyers organization and personally, everything was great. I had great experiences and a great association with the Flyers. It’s nice to get back to family and familiar faces. I’d like to thank Mr. Snider, Peter Luukko, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers organization for giving me this opportunity. Hopefully, I will be of some help to Paul. I think that he has done a great job. The team is heading in the right direction. A lot of positive things are happening with the Flyers.”
As a head coach, he led the Philadelphia Phantoms to the franchise’s first Calder Cup Championship in 1998 and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season.
Barber played 12 seasons in the NHL (1972-73 through 1983-84), all with the Flyers. He compiled 420 goals and 463 assists for 883 points and 623 penalty minutes in 903 regular season games. Barber was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, to the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1989 and was a member of both Flyers Stanley Cup Championship teams (1974 and 1975). The former left wing ranks first on the Flyers’ all-time list in goals (420) and third in assists (463), second in points (883) and second in games played (903). He is one of only four players to have his uniform number retired by the organization (No. 7). The Callander, Ontario native was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft.