Kraken followers now know who can be on the bench main their crew in Seattle’s inaugural season.
On Thursday, the NHL’s newest enlargement crew introduced that Dave Hakstol would be the first head coach in franchise historical past.
“We’re completely thrilled to have the ability to be a part of the hockey group right here in Seattle,” Hakstol stated in his introductory press convention. “We’re grateful for the chance to change into a part of the cracking group, and we actually sit up for changing into part of the group right here within the metropolis of Seattle.”
In response to the Kraken’s crew web page, basic supervisor Ron Francis was on the lookout for somebody with earlier expertise as an NHL head coach. Hakstol meets that commonplace along with his historical past within the league as a coach, having guided the Flyers from 2015-18.
“As a first-time coach within the NHL, it’s important to study the league.” Francis stated, per the Kraken. “It’s fast-paced and a problem to regulate on the fly. I believe with the primary scenario in Philly and the years with [former Maple Leafs head coach Mike] Babcock and [current Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon] Keefe, Dave is snug with understanding the league.”
This is all that you must find out about Hakstol and the way he got here to educate the Kraken.
Traditionally quick rise to the NHL
Hakstol grew to become the top coach of the Flyers at age 46 in 2015, however how he acquired there was unconventional to say the least.
Previous to teaching Philadelphia, Hakstol had been the College of North Dakota’s head coach. To that time he had no expertise teaching on the NHL stage. In response to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bob Johnson was the final coach to go straight from the school ranks to the highest spot of an NHL crew’s teaching employees when he went from Wisconsin to the Flames in 1982. Ned Harkness (from Cornell to the Crimson Wings in 1970) was the primary and Jim Montgomery (College of Denver to the Stars in 2018) is the one coach to do it since.
Hakstol developed loads of expertise at North Dakota, having coached NHLers like Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie and Matt Greene, amongst others. Whereas there, his crew had a 289-143-43 file and reached the Frozen 4 in 2015. He despatched greater than 30 gamers to the NHL.
His tenure in Philadelphia didn’t final lengthy, nevertheless, as he coached for simply three full seasons. The Flyers reached the playoffs within the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons, lacking it in 2016-17. His groups didn’t make it out of the primary spherical in both journey to the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was fired 31 video games into the 2018-19 marketing campaign and completed his Philadelphia profession with a 134-101-42 file.
He was introduced again into the NHL earlier than the 2019-20 season as an assistant head coach with the Maple Leafs.
Worldwide teaching expertise
Along with his time teaching within the NHL and on the collegiate stage, Hakstol was on the teaching employees of Canada’s males’s nationwide ice hockey crew for the 2017 IIHF World Championship match and on the 2019 IIHF World Championship match.
It was within the 2019 IIHF World Championships that he and Francis labored collectively, in response to NBC Sports activities, as Canada superior to the finals and completed because the runner-up within the match. Canada additionally positioned second within the 2017 IIHF World Championship match.
What they stated about Hakstol
Stephane Pattyn, former College of North Dakota participant: “He turns children into males. Guys present up at 18, 19, 20 years outdated and go away three or 4 years later as males. He is extra frightened concerning the individuals we change into than his profitable share. I believe that claims so much about him. He is by far the best coach I’ve ever performed for. He is taught me so much on the ice and as an individual. Each man in that room has his again. He genuinely cares about all of us.”
Ron Francis, Kraken basic supervisor: “Monitoring again to College of North Dakota days, Dave is a coach who cares about his gamers. At occasions, a coach’s messages can get diluted. Gamers need to perceive what the coach desires them to do. Dave communicates clearly and concisely. Gamers like that.”
Tod Leiweke, Kraken CEO: “We’re so pleased with the momentum constructed for this franchise to launch. From an unbelievable fan base got here an excellent enviornment, a world class coaching heart and settlement by a Corridor-of-Famer to change into our GM. And immediately is one other main step ahead. On behalf of David Bonderman and our complete possession group we welcome Dave Hakstol to Seattle and to the Seattle Kraken.”