The 38-year old, a 16-year NHL veteran, announced his retirement earlier this month after attempting to recover from post-concussion syndrome and nerve damage for the past two seasons.
"We are pleased to add Ian to our staff as Director of Player Development," general manager Paul Holmgren said, according to a press release. "Ian will work closely with all of our young prospects in the system from skill development to fitness to nutrition. We feel that Ian's experiences and enthusiasm for life and the game of hockey make him the perfect man for this important role."
"It's a job that suits me well," Laperriere said. "It's one of those jobs that you need a relationship with the young guys and you need to have some experience, and I think I have both. I've always been able to relate well with anybody, from 18 year old kids to 40-year-old veterans - it's always been one of my strengths, so I'm going to use that with these young guys. I'll do the best I can to help all our prospects be successful. It's a challenge for me and I'm looking forward to it."