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Ron Hextall To Be Kings Assistant GM

by Gann Matsuda

June 8, 2006

Early Thursday, Kingshockey.com learned that the Los Angeles Kings will name former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ron Hextall as their new assistant general manager, as soon as early next week.

Hextall has served as the Flyers’ Director of Pro Hockey Personnel, and has been talking with Kings’ President and General Manager Dean Lombardi about joining the Kings.

Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke confirmed that Hextall was going to the Kings.

“We didn’t want to lose Hexy, but I think it’s a move in the right direction in his career,” said Clarke. “He was very important to us, but he was also in our organization behind [assistant general manager] Paul Holmgren.”

“I think it’s good for his career,” added Clarke. “He came to us and wanted to try for the assistant position in Los Angeles, we gave him permission and Dean Lombardi hired him. We wish him the best. He was a good man for us and we hate to lose him, but if it’s best for his family and his life then I think he’s got to do it.”

Clarke also praised Hextall’s abilities as a front office executive.

“He is the type of guy that you want working in your organization because the things that are important on a club and to a club, he has,” added Clarke. “He helped us find players, he helped Paul, and he helped our scouting staff and was the head of the pro scouts. He was very important to us.”

At press time, the Kings had not yet announced the hiring, and there has been no word regarding compensation going to the Flyers, in similar fashion to how the Flyers demanded compensation when the Kings hired Lombardi, who was a Flyers’ scout.

Gann Matsuda, who has been writing about the Kings since 1986, is the News Editor for Kingshockey.com.
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