Flyers Hire Dave Hakstol as Head Coach

philadelphia flyers coach dave hakstol

The Philadelphia Flyers overlooked big names such as Mike Babcock or Todd McLellan, when they announced their new coach today. Instead the Flyers went off the board and hired Dave Hakstol. General manager Ron Hextall explained the hire of his coach with zero NHL experience:

He was our target all along. I thought about him long before this as a head coach in the National Hockey League. I believe he was destined for it.
Every box was checked except for NHL experience, and to me, that was the least important I was never going to hire the people's choice, the popular choice. I was going to hire the best coach for this franchise.

Dave Hakstol served as the University of North Dakota head coach for 11 years. He becomes the first coach to jump from the NCAA straight to the NHL since Herb Brooks in 1987. Do you think this was a good decision by the Flyers?

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