Flyers hire North Dakota's Dave Hakstol as head coach
The 46-year-old Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota, compiling a 289-143-43 record in leading the Fighting Sioux to seven Frozen Four appearances and a .692 postseason winning percentage.
Hakstol replaces Craig Berube, who was fired last month after the team went 33-31-18 this season and failed to make the playoffs.
"Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He's a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family."
Hakstol’s North Dakota team went 29-10-3 this season and got to the NCAA Frozen Four before losing to Boston University in the national semifinals.
"I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach," Hakstol said. "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."
Hakstol coached Hextall’s son Brett at North Dakota for three seasons (2008-11). Hakstol's program has produced 20 NHL players, including Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.
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