Former Flyers coach John Stevens made his debut as a television analyst on Versus’ Hockey Central on Monday night.
It was his first public appearance since being relieved of his duties on Dec. 4, 2009.
Stevens joined Keith Jones, Brian Engblom and Bill Patrick at the Versus studio in Stamford, Conn. He will also be on the program Tuesday night when Phoenix visits Detroit.
Coincidentally, both of the Flyers’ coaches this season have done work on Versus’ Hockey Central this year. Peter Laviolette and Stevens are two of the four guest analysts to appear in the 2009-10 season. Mike Keenan and Darren McCarty have also participated.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said earlier this month that Stevens will begin scouting work for the Flyers sometime this month. Holmgren said that Stevens would probably take up scouting the amateur and college ranks, possibly looking for undrafted free agents.
Darroll Powe and Jared Ross are two undrafted players that found success at the NHL level under Stevens.
Stevens, 43, has maintained that he would be interested in coaching again should an opportunity present itself. He had a 14-10-1 record with the Flyers this season before he was fired and holds a 121-108-34 record as an NHL, including the Flyers’ worst season in franchise history in 2006-07.
Below is video of Stevens’ debut on Versus. What did you think? He didn’t shy away from talking about last Thursday’s fight between Dan Carcillo and Marian Gaborik or about watching a former player, Scottie Upshall, tonight against Detroit.
Besides tonight, there is no word yet on when Stevens will be on the tube again.
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