Flyers hire Dave Hakstol as head coach

Updated: May 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm by Sean Cobourn

The Flyers have announced Dave Hakstol as the 19th coach in franchise history.

Hakstol (46) has spent the last 11 seasons at the helm of the University of North Dakota, having made the NCAA postseason every single year.

North Dakota’s seven Frozen Four appearances in that span lead the entire country, but they never sealed the deal. It’s refreshing to see a non-results based approach though, as evidenced through a detailed feature on Hakstol from the Grand Forks Herald:

UND went on a late-season run to the national championship game that season (2004). The team outshot Denver 45-24 in the national championship game, but lost.

“I wouldn’t change anything in that game,” Hakstol said. “We played our best game. A whole bunch of times out of 10, we win that game.”

Dave Hakstol had a 289-143-43 record (.654%) at North Dakota. His winning percentage has never dipped below .605.

At his worst in 2009, Hakstol went 24-15-4 and won the WCHA Coach of the Year, finishing #1 in the conference.

The University of North Dakota hockey program under Dave Hakstol produced 20 first round NHL draft picks, including Jonathan Toews, TJ Oshie, and Travis Zajac. Unrestricted free agent Chris VandeVelde played four seasons under him and would like to add to that number.

“I already wanted to go back to Philly, Hakstol being there makes it even more so.”

Chris Peters of CBS’ Eye on Hockey describes his coaching style:

Flyers fans in particular can appreciate the playing style Hakstol’s teams played, as they were often among college hockey’s most punishingly physical teams. But they also had a high-pace game that translated well to production.

They have typically been well-balanced teams, with a real focus on defense first and speed in transition. No one probably ever came away from a North Dakota game thinking it was boring.

Hakstol is known around college hockey for his death stare, and the stoic coach has flipped the bird at a referee at least one.

 

It’ll be refreshing to have an outsider perspective, he’s only the 2nd coach hired since 2000 to not have previously played or worked for the Flyers.

Hextall Hakstol 2016.

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