VICE PRESIDENT/ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
Ron Hextall is in his seventh season with the Kings as Vice President/Assistant General Manager. He also serves as General Manager of the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary affiliate.
Hextall, 48 (5/3/64), assists President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in all facets of the Kings Hockey Operations department, including contract negotiations and player personnel, and overseeing the organization’s top prospects while helping the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012. With Manchester, he oversees that organization’s hockey operations department, and in 2009-10 and in 2006-07 Manchester advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Hextall, prior to joining the Kings, spent the previous four years as Director of Pro Hockey Personnel for the Philadelphia Flyers, a club for which he played 11 standout seasons. He joined the Flyers front office in 1999 as a Pro Scout and he was elevated to his most recent position in 2002. In his front office positions with the Flyers, Hextall was instrumental in the club’s great success, which included three Atlantic Division titles and two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (losing to eventual Stanley Cup Champions both times) while the club averaged nearly 102 points per season.
Prior to his role in the front office, Hextall enjoyed a stellar 13-year NHL career as a goaltender for the Flyers, New York Islanders and Quebec Nordiques that was highlighted by his rookie 1986-87 season with the Flyers. During that season, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, despite losing to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games. At the conclusion of Game 7, Hextall became just the fourth player in the then 23-year history of the trophy to win the award while being a member of the losing team in the Finals. He was also named to both the NHL All-Rookie and NHL First All-Star Teams that season.
Originally selected by the Flyers in the sixth-round (119th overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Ron is the fourth Hextall to play in the NHL following his father, Bryan Jr., his grandfather, Hall of Famer Bryan, Sr., and his uncle Dennis, who played for the Kings during the 1969-70 season. He played in 608 regular season games and recorded a 296-214-69 record including 23 shutouts, a 2.97 goals-against-average and a .895 save-percentage, and in 93 playoff games he was 47-43 with two shutouts. He holds numerous Flyers franchise goaltending records, including an NHL-record 113 penalty minutes in 1988-89. He also owns the franchise records for most career games played (489), career wins (240), career points (28), career penalty minutes (476) and most career playoff wins (45) by a Flyers goalie.
Hextall, known for being one of the first goalies to regularly leave the goalmouth and play the puck with his stick and for creative and unique designs on his goalie mask, also participated in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Flyers in 1997 against the Detroit Red Wings. On December 8, 1987, he became the first goaltender in the history of the NHL to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net as the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 5-2 at the Spectrum. On April 11, 1989, during a Flyers 8-5 playoff victory against the Washington Capitals at the Capital Centre, he collected his second career goal and became the first goalie to score a goal in an NHL playoff game.
Ron and his wife Diane live in Manhattan Beach with their two daughters Kristin and Rebecca, and two sons Jeffrey and Brett, who was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth-round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.