After faltering in Game 7 of the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs just last week, the Flyers front office received a bit of a shuffle, as former Philadelphia netminder Ron Hextall, previously assistant GM, was named the General Manager Wednesday morning.
Paul Holmgren was promoted from GM to team President. Holmgren will report to Chairman Ed Snider, while Hextall will report directly to Holmgren.
“Over the past eight seasons, Paul has done an outstanding job,” Snider said. “He picked up the pieces of our disastrous season in 2006 and immediately made changes that took us to the Conference Finals the very next year, and we have consistently been in contention ever since. He’s been a Flyer for 35 years and has earned the opportunity to run our entire organization.
“Ron is one of the league’s bright young stars on the management side, and we’re very fortunate to have him. He’s had success in Los Angeles and will now put that experience to work for us as General Manager. We all remember the enthusiasm, work ethic and personality he had as a player, and we’re excited to watch him bring those qualities to building a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup.”
Hextall spent 11 years playing for the Flyersand is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (489) and wins (240). Upon his retirement, Hextall moved into the Flyers’ front office, where he spent three years as a pro scout and four as Director of Pro Player Personnel before joining the Kings in 2006.
“I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity to manage the Philadelphia Flyers,” Hextall said. “I look forward to working closely with Paul in our new hockey structure and working towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”