Chris Pronger clarifies role, reveals title with Department of Player Safety
Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who's still paid like he's patrolling the blue line, revealed Monday in an appearance with Sportsnet 590 The Fan that he will officially serve as the NHL's director of player safety.
Oddly jovial, Pronger revealed that his chief responsibility is to report directly to NHL's senior vice president of player safety, Stephane Quintal.
"I am merely a part of the supporting staff of Stephane," Pronger said. "I can look at a play and say, 'If I was there, what would I have done?'"
As for the conflict of interest issue suggested by many, Pronger confirmed that he won't be involved with anything concerning the Flyers, and is merely there to provide an opinion for Quintal.
"He is the one who makes the call on whether discipline is necessary, or whether it involves a warning," he said.
Pronger actually reveled in his job description, explaining that he can live his day-to-day life and enjoy luxuries like coaching his son's hockey team during the day before watching games and video clips sent to his iPad at night.