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Flyers elevate Hextall to GM, Holmgren to president
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers have made changes in their front office, promoting Ron Hextall to general manager and Paul Holmgren to team president.
Holmgren had been the general manager since October 2006 and Hextall joined the front office staff as the assistant GM last July.
"I'm extremely excited about this new opportunity to manage the Philadelphia Flyers," said Hextall on Wednesday. "I look forward to working closely with Paul in our new hockey structure and working toward our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup."
Both starred for the Flyers on the ice.
Hextall played 11 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers and backstopped the club to the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals as a rookie goaltender. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that spring, despite a seven-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers in the title series, and also claimed the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender.
The Manitoba native played with the Flyers until 1992, then spent one season each with Quebec and New York Islanders before returning to Philadelphia in 1994. He remained with the Flyers until retiring in 1999, then joined the team's front office and spent seven years with the organization as a scout and director of pro player personnel before leaving and spending seven years in various front office roles with the Los Angeles Kings.
"Ron is one of the league's bright young stars on the management side, and we're very fortunate to have him," said Flyers chairman Ed Snider. "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 just completed his eighth season as the Flyers' general manager. He has been with the organization for 35 years, first as a forward from 1975-84, then an assistant coach from 1985-88 and head coach from the start of the 1988-89 season through December 1991.
"Over the past eight seasons, Paul has done an outstanding job," added Snider. "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."
The Minnesota native also coached the Hartford Whalers in parts of four seasons from 1992-93 to '95-96, serving as general manager for part of the tenure. He was named assistant general manager with the Flyers in June 1999 and served in that capacity until he was elevated to GM following Bob Clarke's resignation.
"I am very excited to get started in this new role and would like to thank Mr. Snider for this opportunity," said Holmgren, who built a Flyers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 2010.
The Flyers were 42-30-10 this past season and lost to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
05/07 11:34:20 ET