The Philadelphia Flyers named Dave Hakstol as their new head coach on Monday, replacing the fired Craig Berube to become the 19th head coach in team history.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 18, 2015
“I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach,” Hakstol said in a statement on the team’s website. “Through the process here with [general manager Ron Hextall] and everybody in the Flyers organization I have gained even more of an understanding of the history and tradition of this organization and I’m very proud to become part of the Philadelphia Flyers today.”
Hakstol, 46, has been with the University of North Dakota since 2000. He took over as the head coach there in 2004 and led the team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 11 seasons at the helm. North Dakota also reached the NCAA Frozen Four seven times during his tenure including in 2015.
Overall, Hakstol compiled a record of 289-143-43 while at the school.
“Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” Hextall said. “He’s a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family.”
Hextall’s son, Brett, played at North Dakota from 2008 to 2011.
Hakstol’s program has produced 20 NHL players including Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie.