Monarchs looking for a new GM
The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday Hextall has been named assistant general manager and director of hockey operations. He will work under General Manager Paul Holmgren.
He was the also the general manager of the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary affiliate. Hextall helped the Monarchs to an overall record of 290-205-24-32 in seven seasons and an appearance in the Calder Cup playoffs in each season, including twice in the Eastern Conference finals.
“Ron is a very intelligent hockey man,” said McDonough, who worked with Hextall for seven years. “When it came down to making hockey decisions, he was calm, never jumped the gun. He was very methodical in his moves, always seemed to know what type of player we needed to fill a void.”
“He commanded respect right away because everyone in hockey knows him,” said McDonough. “He was a very strong-willed, competitive player and that trait carried over to his management skills. He handled his job as a professional.”
“After each game we’d send in our reports to Ron,” said McDonough. “He wasn’t overbearing. He’d let us do our jobs. Once a month, he’d come to a game, home or away, to watch the team play. If we had questions about a player, he’d get back to us immediately.”
“Dean knows a lot of people in the hockey world,” said McDonough. “I don’t know who will replace Ron, but it could be in-house or it could be outside the organization. I know one thing: Dean does his homework and he’ll find a quality person to fill that job.”