Pronger joins NHL's department of player safety

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NEW YORK (AP) Former All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger has joined the National Hockey League's department of player safety.

NHL senior vice president for player safety Stephane Quintal made the announcement Friday.

Pronger hasn't technically retired. The former NHL MVP is still being paid by the Philadelphia Flyers through 2017, even though he hasn't played in the league since 2011 due to concussions and an eye injury.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said this week that he would have no problem with Pronger working for the league while the former defenseman is still on the Flyers' payroll.