Ron Hextall Named New Philadelphia Flyers GM

Posted: May 7 2014, 10:09pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Ron Hextall Named New Philadelphia Flyers GM
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The Philadelphia Flyers promoted Ron Hextall to the general manager position on May 7.

The Philadelphia Flyers promoted Ron Hextall to the general manager position on May 7.

In addition, the Flyers also tapped Paul Holmgren, the previous general manager, to be their new president. A press release detailing Holmgren's and Hextall's promotion was issued by the team on its official website:

"The Philadelphia Flyers today named Paul Holmgren president and Ron Hextall general manager.

"In his new role, Holmgren will oversee both the business and hockey operations of the Flyers and will report directly to Flyers chairman Ed Snider. Hextall will become responsible for the day-to-day management of the Flyers' hockey operations and will report to Holmgren. Both appointments are effective immediately."

Snider expressed full confidence that both Holmgren and Hextall will get the job done, per the same update.

"Over the past eight seasons, Paul has done an outstanding job. 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 expected to watch him bring those qualities to building a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup."

Snider dropped a hint at The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli last week that Hextall's time could soon be coming.

He said,"He didn't come in to be assistant GM forever. But that doesn't mean tomorrow. I've got to sit down with Paul. We're in the process of analyzing everybody's title."

Now that he is Flyers general manager, Hextall told ESPN he's excited about the opportunity.

He quipped,"I'm extremely excited about this new opportunity to manage the Philadelphia Flyers. I look forward to working closely with Paul in our new hockey structure and working towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Hextall then tells CSN Philly's Sarah Baicker what his vision is for the Flyers as their new general manager.

"I like young players and I like draft picks. My vision is to build this team and to continue to make this team better through the draft.

"That doesn't mean we won't make trades. At some point if it's a good enough player, and we've got to trade a young player, we may look at that.

"But it's not a vision of mine to trade young players for older players. It would have to be a really, really strong deal for us."

Seravalli adds Hextall was a candidate for the Washington Capitals' general manager position. Instead, he remains in Philadelphia, where he becomes the seventh GM in franchise history.

"It is believed Holmgren will still have a role in hockey operations decisions moving forward, but Hextall will make most of the personnel calls.

"Under Holmgren's direction for seven full seasons, the Flyers won one Eastern Conference title and compiled a 286-162-62 record for a .598 points percentage.

"Hextall, 50, will become just the seventh GM in the Flyers' 47-year history. His rapid promotion after being hired as Holmgren's assistant last July gives some kind of indication how serious he was as a candidate to be Washington's next general manager.

"Hextall was simply too valuable of a commodity to let walk, even if that meant another awkward conversation between Holmgren and Snider.

"In good conscience, the Flyers could not prevent Hextall -- under contract with the Flyers -- from leaving without promoting him."

Hextall suited up for the Flyers for most of his 13-year NHL career -- 11 seasons in all. He also suited up for the then-Quebec Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche) and New York Islanders.

He wound up as the Flyers' all-time leader in games played (489) and wins (240) among franchise goaltenders, per ESPN.

Hextall was hired as a scout upon his retirement in 1999. He was eventually promoted to the Flyers' director of professional player personnel in 2002.

Four years later, he was hired by the Los Angeles Kings to be their vice president and assistant general manager. Hextall won the Stanley Cup in 2012 as a front-office executive -- a feat that eluded him as a member of the Flyers in 1987 and 1997.

He was re-hired by Philadelphia on June 5, 2013 to be its assistant general manager, per Wikipedia.

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