Life after hockey for Daniel Briere, it turns out, still involves hockey.
As in, time in the Philadelphia Flyers' front office learning the ropes.
"What’s pretty cool is that they’re giving me the opportunity to learn, kind of the business side of the game," Briere said Tuesday morning from Philadelphia. "It’s a great opportunity. The kids are in school during the day. So I’ve got a little bit of time here and there on my own. [Flyers president] Paul Holmgren, whom I always had a good relationship with, and [Flyers COO] Shawn Tilger, have really given me that opportunity just to come into the office and learn how it works, how things are done on the business side. Like I said, amazing opportunity."
So then, are we talking about a future NHL team president or general manager?
"You know what, at this point, I really don’t know what the future is going to bring," said Briere. "But what I see is that this gives me more experience. The business side I didn’t know about. All my life, my meetings were about the teams I was facing and the power play. Now you’re learning about season tickets and premium seating and services, food and concessions and parking and such, it gets me out of my comfort zone. It gives me a chance to learn something totally new. I really don’t know where it’s going to take me, but I feel it’s an amazing opportunity to learn.
"I’m sure at some point it’s going to help me."
The Flyers were set to honor Briere before Tuesday night’s game, recognizing his retirement and career.
"It’s pretty amazing, very, very classy from the organization," said Briere. "It starts from the top with the owner, Mr. Snider. You hear all the time how he’s the best owner in sports. I feel very fortunate to have played for him, for his team. It trickles down through the rest of the organization, the way they treat their players, the way they treat their fans. It’s really cool what they’re doing tonight. It’s allowed me to bring friends and family [around 50-60 people] from all over the U.S. and Canada to enjoy this night together."
It’s a classy gesture for a classy guy.