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Flyers name Dave Hakstol head coach

Dave Hakstol

Dave Hakstol


The Philadelphia Flyers have named Dave Hakstol the 19th head coach in club history.

Hakstol joins the Flyers after spending 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota.

“Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” said GM Ron Hextall. “He’s a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family.”

The 46-year-old compiled a 289-143-43 while at North Dakota. This past season Hakstol led the Fighting Sioux to a 29-10-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

“I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach,” said Hakstol. “Through the process here with 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.”

For those looking for a connection between Hakstol and Hextall, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has a couple:

Hextall’s son played for Hakstol, which is the connection.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 18, 2015

When Hextall was in LA, Kings draft pick Derek Forbort played there, too. Another connection.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 18, 2015

Hakstol, who also played at North Dakota, has coached 20 players who went on to play in the NHL including Jonathan Toews, Matt Greene and T.J. Oshie.

“I have spent the better part of my professional life with the University of North Dakota hockey program and every day of it has been a privilege,” said Hakstol. “I’ve had the chance to work with and learn from some of the best people in hockey and I’m lucky to be able to call them my friends. I want to thank the staff, players and fans who have helped make this such a special place for our family.”

Hakstol replaces Craig Berube who was fired in April after parts of two seasons behind the Flyers’ bench.

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