The Flyers announced the 19th head coach in franchise history. The winner of Ron Hextall's search was North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol, who for 11 seasons, led them to seven Frozen Four appearances. He has a 289-143-43 record in his 11-year tenure.
For Hextall, this was a decision that carried a lot. The name Mike Babcock came up on a daily basis. In the end, it wasn't about choosing the popular candidate, it was picking the right one.
"I was never going to hire the people's choice, the popular choice," Hextall said. "I was going to hire the best coach for this franchise."
There's going to be several adjustments along the way, but I believe in the things that I do and I am not going to change that," Hakstol said. "To have the opportunity to join the Philadelphia Flyers organization is an extremely proud moment for me."