Dave Hakstol, Philadelphia Flyers, Head Coach
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Dave Hakstol (born July 30, 1968) is the head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). A native of Warburg, Alberta, Canada, Hakstol was head coach of the University of North Dakota men's ice hockey team for 11 seasons. Hakstol played for the Fighting Sioux from 1989 to 1992 and in the International Hockey League for five years before becoming a coach.
Dave Hakstol attended the University of North Dakota and played hockey there from 1989 to 1992. He played minor league hockey for five years, including stints with the Indianapolis Ice and Minnesota Moose. After retiring as a player, he moved to the coaching ranks with the Sioux City Musketeers. He replaced a fired head coach in the middle of their disappointing 1996–97, turned the team around, and remained for four years. He became an assistant coach with his alma mater North Dakota in 2000. In 2004 he was named head coach. In his tenure as North Dakota's head coach, he led the team to the NCAA Frozen Four seven times. Hakstol was honored with conference coach of the year awards in 2009 and 2015, and was an eight-time finalist for national coach of the year.
On May 18, 2015, it was announced that Hakstol would become the Philadelphia Flyers' 19th head coach. Hakstol is the first head coach to go directly from
the NCAA to the NHL since 1982 (Bob Johnson from the University of Wisconsin to the Calgary Flames). Hakstol picked up his first NHL victory in the Flyers' third game of the season, a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
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