December 17, 2018 | 1:10pm ET
FLYERS OFFICIALLY FIRE HEAD COACH HAKSTOL
The Philadelphia Flyers have officially fired head coach Dave Hakstol, TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta has confirmed.
Scott Gordon, who has been the head coach of the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, will take over as interim head coach.
News broke Sunday afternoon when Dave Isaac of the Camden Courier-Post reported the Flyers’ intentions to fire Hakstol and replace him with former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
Quenneville denied the report soon after it came out, and a Flyers executive told Pagnotta “Dave Hakstol is our head coach” on Sunday evening.
As TFP first reported, Hakstol was notified of the team’s decision earlier on Monday and speculation grew after he was not on the ice for the Flyers’ practice.
“After meeting this morning with Dave Hakstol and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to relieve him of his duties as head coach,” Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. “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 the team and the organization.”
Hakstol, 50, posted a 134-101-42 record in 277 games as the Flyers head coach. Under his watch, the club made the playoffs twice, losing in the first-round both times.
Gordon, 55, has spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Phantoms, posting a 144-86-24 record.
Prior to joining the Phantoms, Gordon spent three seaons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was the head coach of the New York Islanders for just over two seasons, posting a 64-94-23 record.