Philadelphia, PA, United States (NewsBahn) – The Philadelphia Flyers named two ex-players to key posts Wednesday, hiring ex-goalie Ron Hextall as the team’s GM and coming to terms with former forward Paul Holmgren to serve as president.
Hextall leads the franchise in games played by a goaltender (489) and wins (240) and recently worked with the Kings, who won the Stanley Cup in 2012.
“Ron is one of the league’s bright young stars on the management side, and we’re very fortunate to have him,” Flyers chairman Ed Snider said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Holmgren will be in charge of the team’s business and hockey operations, after serving as Philly’s assistant GM and director of hockey operations since last summer.
“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.”