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Dave Hakstol

Flyers name Dave Hakstol head coach


The Philadelphia Flyers have named Dave Hakstol the 19th head coach in club history.

Hakstol joins the Flyers after spending 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota.

“Dave brings a wealth of head coaching experience and success to the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” said GM Ron Hextall. “He’s a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family.”

The 46-year-old compiled a 289-143-43 while at North Dakota. This past season Hakstol led the Fighting Sioux to a 29-10-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

“I am extremely excited to be named the Philadelphia Flyers new head coach,” said Hakstol. “Through the process here with Ron [Hextall] and everybody in the Flyers organization I have gained even more of an understanding of the history and tradition of this organization and I’m very proud to become part of the Philadelphia Flyers today.”

For those looking for a connection between Hakstol and Hextall, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has a couple:

Hakstol, who also played at North Dakota, has coached 20 players who went on to play in the NHL including Jonathan Toews, Matt Greene and T.J. Oshie.

“I have spent the better part of my professional life with the University of North Dakota hockey program and every day of it has been a privilege,” said Hakstol. “I’ve had the chance to work with and learn from some of the best people in hockey and I’m lucky to be able to call them my friends. I want to thank the staff, players and fans who have helped make this such a special place for our family.”

Hakstol replaces Craig Berube who was fired in April after parts of two seasons behind the Flyers’ bench.

Video: Jets and Kings get physical in the second

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With the Jets leading the Kings 3-1 in the second period things got physical in Winnipeg.

It started after Matt Greene checked Mark Scheifele with a hit he didn’t particularly care for and escalated when Scheifele responded with an open hit on Trevor Lewis.

Brayden McNabb stepped in to challenge Scheifele and was met by Dustin Byfuglien.

Have a look:

McNabb picked up an extra two minutes for roughing on the play.

Brown calls out Kings, Sutter reminds captain he needs work too

Dustin Brown

The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of making the playoffs haven’t evaporated, but they certainly have thinned after losing nine of their last 11 games. The contrast between their 2014 Stanley Cup championship and the 2014-15 campaign couldn’t have been starker as the Kings went from visiting the White House on Monday to being shutout tonight.

They might not be the same team that won the Stanley Cup in 2014, but a lot of the players are the same. So what’s holding Los Angeles back? If you ask captain Dustin Brown, he’ll argue that it boils down to a lack of emotion.

“It starts with our emotion,” Brown said, per LA Kings Insider. “I answered that question similarly today. We’re a good team, but it’s hard to win when you don’t play with enough emotion. That’s on an individual level and a collective level. We need everyone to be invested in the game emotionally, and from there we can work on X’s and O’s and all of that, but you need the emotion first.”

On a more positive note, Brown thinks the team still believes in the system and defenseman Matt Greene added that they remain confident. At the same time, their slump has dragged on for about a month now and they’re still dealing with the same issue.

“If guys don’t know what’s going on, then they haven’t been listening,” Brown said. “We’ve had plenty of meetings. We’ve talked about it. At a certain point, you’ve got to stop talking.”

And it would seem that Brown isn’t immune either as Kings coach Darryl Sutter noted the captain’s bad change on Washington’s first goal tonight when reporters brought up Brown’s lack of emotions talk.