By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Dave Hakstol. Scott Gordon will serve as the interim head coach.
On Sunday, a report surfaced that Hakstol would be fired. The same report said that Joel Quenneville would be hired as the replacement.
Gordon will serve as the interim head coach until a replacement as been named. He was previously the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League.
Hakstol was not with the team this morning during practice. Assistant Coach Kris Koblauch led the practice.
“After meeting this morning with Dave Hakstole and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to relieve him of his duties as head coach,” Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “As I continue to assess the team, I feel that this is the best course of action for our group moving forward. I’d like to thank Dave for his service to this team and organization.”
Hakstol is the fifth head coach since the start of the season. Over the last two months, the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, and the Flyers have all given their previous head coaches the pink slip.
The 50-year-old Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada native spent three-plus seasons as the Flyers head coach. He guided the team to a 12-15-4 record this season. The Flyers could only muster 28 points.
In Philadelphia, he had a 134-101-42 record in 277 games. He guided the team to two playoff appears during the 2015-16 season and the 2017-18 season.
However, each time in the playoffs, they were eliminated in the first-round. The Flyers lost both series in six games.
Hakstol became the Flyers head coach after a successful tenure at North Dakota. He had a 289-141-43 record in 11 seasons. He also guided the team to a 174-97-31 record.
He also served four seasons as an assistant coach at North Dakota before being named head coach.
Hakstol served four seasons as the Sioux City Mustketeers head coach. After taking over with 54 games left in the 1996-97 season, he guided the team to a 9-43-2-2 record.
Over his entire tenure, he had a 102-109-13-13 record in 224 games.