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Flyers to announce front office promotions
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to announce front office promotions.
Details were not provided, but the Philadelphia Daily News has reported that assistant general manager Ron Hextall will be elevated to general manager and GM Paul Holmgren will become the team president.
Holmgren has been the general manager since October 2006 and Hextall joined the front office staff as the assistant GM last July. 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.
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.
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.
05/07 10:20:42 ET