The Flyers announced yesterday that Ron Hextall, one of the greatest Flyers goalies ever, will be returning to the team as the new assistant general manager and director of hockey operations. He will start August 1 with a multi-year contract. Hextall has previously worked in various roles in the Flyers organization including pro scout and director of pro hockey personnel.
Hextall’s success as a player is hopefully foretelling of his success in the front office. He spent 11 seasons as the Flyers’ goaltender with an overall record of 240-172-58. He holds the franchise record for most playoff wins at 45 games and the most points by a goaltender in one season with 8 goals in 1988-89.
Between stints with the Flyers, Hextall spent seven years as vice president and assistant general manager for the LA Kings. You know, the team from the West with former Flyers’ team members Richards, Carter, and Williams that won a Stanley Cup in 2012. Seems like Hextall will try to create another Cup-winning team, but this time in Philly.
Paul Holmgren, Flyers general manager, has expressed his excitement about Hextall’s return to the organization, and I think many Flyers’ fans have reason to be excited as well. It’s great when players make the transition into the front office, bringing that first-hand experience and intuition into developing the next Stanley Cup champions. They can serve as decision-makers as well as mentors for young players. Bob Clarke, vice president, and Chris Pryor, director of hockey operations, are also two notable former NHL players working for the Flyers’ management team. It seems like with such strong player experience in the front office, the Flyers are hoping to improve their previous season record of 23-22-3 and vie for a playoff appearance this year.