GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol, who led the program to seven NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 11 seasons, announced his resignation today and was named head coach of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers.
Hakstol was introduced as Flyers head coach at news conference today in Philadelphia. UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison indicated that the search for Hakstol’s replacement at North Dakota is already underway.
“We will seek the best coach for the best men’s hockey program in the country as expeditiously as possible,” said Faison. “I want to thank Dave for the tremendous job he did in leading the men’s hockey program at North Dakota. While the numbers speak to his teams’ many successes on the ice, just as important is the impact he and his staff have had on the student-athletes who have played for him.”
Hakstol, appointed head coach at UND on July 9, 2004 after four seasons as an assistant coach to Dean Blais, amassed a 289-143-43 (.654) overall record in his 11 seasons behind the bench of his alma mater and leaves as the second-winningest coach in program history. The Warburg, Alberta, native led UND to the NCAA postseason in each of his 11 seasons, including seven appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four, most of any program in the country during that span.