Flyers hire Ron Hextall as assistant GM
The Philadelphia Flyers have hired their former goalie as their new assistant general manager and director of hockey operations.
Over the past seven seasons Hextall has acted as the assistant general manager and vice president for the Los Angeles Kings. Before that he had previously worked in various capacities for the Flyers for seven seasons.
As a player he spent 11 seasons with the Flyers in three separate stints ending in 1999. He holds the record for most playoff wins as a Flyer with 45, and posted a 240-172-58 record with a 2.91 goals-against-average during that time, as per the Associated Press. He is considered one the best stick-handling goalies to play the game.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said via the team website. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”
His wealth of front office experience has led to some speculation that this hire by the Flyers was done in order to put Hextall in line to be the Flyers next GM after Holmgren’s reign ends. Hextall has enjoyed success since his playing career has ended. The Flyers have only missed the playoffs twice in the past 18 seasons, the most recent time was last year’s lockout shortened season, some of which Hextall was around for as a player, and some in their front office. More recently, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 with Hextall in their front office, and many former Flyers such as Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Simon Gagne.
The Flyers seem to be hoping that Hextall can bring that winning formula back to Philadelphia. The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since winning back-to-back Cups at the end of the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons. Those are the franchise’s only two championships.