Paul Holmgren steps down as Flyers president to become senior adviser

Paul Holmgren has taken on another new role with the Flyers.

After serving as team president the past five seasons, Holmgren has stepped down to become a senior adviser to Dave Scott, the chairman of Comcast Spectacor and governor of the Flyers, and Chuck Fletcher.

Fletcher, who was named general manager last December, adds president of hockey operations to his title.

The team made the announcement Thursday, but Holmgren said he first approached Scott a little over a year ago with the idea of making a change.

“We talked about where I was in life and how I wanted to start spending more time with my grandchildren and my family,” the 63-year-old Holmgren said. “It kind of started there and we went through the year and nailed down the details as we went along.

“I have eight grandchildren that I like and want to get to know and I want to be around. I’ve spent a long time in the hockey world. It’s been a long time with the Flyers and I felt as I went through the year particularly, I thought it’s time to step aside and move on to a different phase in my life.”

A lot of Flyers fans are going to be happy with this…