KINGS HIRE RON HEXTALL AS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
"I am honored and extremely excited to be a part of the Los Angeles Kings organization," said Hextall. "I look forward to working closely with Dean Lombardi and the entire Kings staff toward the ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Los Angeles. It was a difficult decision considering my history with the Flyers organization but moving forward with my career, I thought it was the best move for myself and my family."
Said Lombardi: "Having worked with Ron the last few years in Philadelphia, I am extremely pleased that he is joining us here in Los Angeles. He was an integral part of the Flyers' success the past several seasons and we expect him to be a leader in our efforts with the Kings as we build a strong and successful franchise here for years to come. Ron represents a unique blend of a former player who excelled at a high level and, in his post playing career, has shown a tireless commitment toward learning the personnel and operations functions of a franchise. Most importantly, he has a sharp mind and there is no doubt in my mind that he is a rising star in the management field."
Hextall, 42, enjoyed a stellar 13-year NHL career as a goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Quebec Nordiques that was highlighted by his rookie 1986-87 season with the Flyers when he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Finals. He was also named to both the NHL All-Rookie and NHL First All-Star Teams that season.
With the Kings, Hextall's job responsibilities include assisting Lombardi in all facets of the Kings Hockey Operations department, including contract negotiations and player personnel, and overseeing the organization's top prospects. With Manchester, he will serve as General Manager and oversee that organization's hockey operations department.