June 16, 2009
Derian Hatcher(notes) retired from the NHL Monday and announced he had accepted a position as player-development coach, picking up where Eric Desjardins left off, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
"I am very excited," Hatcher said in a release. "I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when [general manager Paul Holmgren] offered me this position. It sounded like the perfect way to stay in the game and see if I like it. I will be watching the younger players and making sure everything runs smoothly for them. I will be involved with running the rookie camp this summer, where I will get to work closely with some of our younger players."
Hatcher, 37, takes over for Desjardins, who left after one season to pursue business interests.