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Flyers hire Hakstol as new head coach

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    Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards — heck, NHL fans everywhere — all sounded a bit as if they should have been Jeopardy contestants. Who is Dave Hakstol?
    Not even an easy clue would have given an indication on who was Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.
    Hextall strayed so far off the grid with his choice, Marge Gunderson couldn't have cracked the case, especially as the usual candidates — such as Detroit's Mike Babcock — swirled in the rumour mill as potential replacements.
    "I wasn't going to choose the coach that was the people's choice, the popular choice," Hextall said Monday. "I was going to pick the coach that I felt like for this franchise from today, next year, moving forward was the right coach. Dave was the right coach for this franchise."
    The Flyers can only hope the Hextall-Hakstol tag team is a championship combination.

    A stranger in NHL rinks, Hakstol did boast one of the top collegiate resumes at the University of North Dakota. The 46-year-old Hakstol went 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage over 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span. In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

    Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced this morning that Dave Hakstol has been named the 19th head coach in Flyers history. “Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” said Hextall.

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    I don't know much about him, but I like the comments by Hextall.