When the Flyers announced Dave Hakstol as the new head coach, many were blindsided. Since then, he’s been the subject of much speculation, which should come as no surprise given that he’s the first head coach to move directly from college hockey to the NHL in over three decades.
Hakstol’s a blank slate. All we can do is guess about his leadership at the professional level and whether he’s ready for the proverbial big leagues, let alone the Philadelphia Flyers rabid fan base.
The Flyers on Monday named Scott Gordon as Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach -- becoming the ninth coach in franchise history.
Gordon brings 11 years of coaching experience from the minor league, professional and international levels. The Brockton, Mass. native most recently served as an assistant under Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle in Toronto, and was head coach of the U.S. National Team from 2010 to 2011.
Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that two more players (Rod Brind'Amour and Jimmy Watson) would be the latest players to achieve one of the team's highest honors -- enshrinement into the Flyers Hall of Fame before games on Nov. 23 and Feb. 29.
Established in 1988, the Flyers Hall of Fame has enshrined 23 members, and the additions of Brind'Amour and Watson will bring that number to 25. The inductees aren't just limited to those who best represented the Orange and Black on the ice -- movers and shakers behind the scenes, behind the bench and behind the microphone have received the honor as well.