Paul Holmgren is in his fifth season as club GM
and his 32nd season as a member of the Flyers organization.
Last season, Holmgren put together a Flyers club
that finished with a 41-35-6 record for 88 Points
and despite entering the playoffs as the 7th seed,
finished the season as the Eastern Conference Champions.
The Flyers surpassed their totals in wins (44) and
points (99) from the previous season as well as
set a franchise record by finishing the regular
season having allowed just one shorthanded goal.
The previous record in a single season was two,
set in 1967-68 and 1978-79.
In 2007-08, his first full season as general manager,
Holmgren guided the Flyers to the NHL’s best
turnaround, improving 39 points in the standings
(95 points in 2007-08 after 56 points in 2006-07),
and to a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, advancing
to the Eastern Conference Finals. Since the NHL
expanded the playoffs to four rounds, starting with
the 1980 Playoffs, the 2007-08 Flyers were only
the second team to finish with the worst record
in the NHL one season and reach the third round
of the playoffs the next season (Detroit Red Wings
in 1987). The 2007-08 Flyers were also the first
team in 13 years to advance to the second round
of the playoffs after finishing the previous season
with the worst record in the league (San Jose Sharks
He was named general manager on November 11, 2006,
after serving as interim general manager since replacing
Bob Clarke who resigned on October 22, 2006. Prior
to his promotion, Holmgren had served the previous
seven seasons as the team’s assistant general
manager. He was named assistant general manager
on June 14, 1999.
He was named assistant general manager of the U.S.
Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed
in 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy and
general manager for the 2006 U.S. National Team
for the IIHF World Championships. He served as an
assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Winter
Olympic Games. He was named Flyers’ director
of player personnel on August 6, 1997, after serving
as director of pro scouting over parts of two seasons.
He replaced Bill Barber as the Flyers’ director
of pro scouting when Barber was named head coach
of the Hershey Bears on December 30, 1995. He was
named as an assistant coach for Team USA for the
World Cup of Hockey Tournament on June 27, 1996.
He rejoined the Flyers organization as a scout after
being replaced as the Hartford Whalers’ head
coach on November 6, 1995. Holmgren compiled a 59-93-14
record as head coach of the Whalers through parts
of four seasons (1992-93 to 1995-96). He was re-appointed
as head coach of the Whalers by team President and
General Manager Jim Rutherford on June 28, 1994.
He stepped down as the Whalers’ head coach
17 games into the 1993-94 season to concentrate
on his duties as general manager. He was named general
manager and head coach of the Whalers prior to the
start of the 1993-94 season. He was named head coach
of the Whalers on June 15, 1992. He served as Flyers
head coach for four seasons (1988-89 to 1991-92),
compiling a 107-126-31 record. He was named head
coach of the Flyers on June 1, 1988, after serving
three seasons as an assistant coach with the club.
He was the first former Flyer to be named head coach
of the team.
He retired from playing after the 1984-85 season,
having recorded 144 goals and 179 assists for 323
points and 1,684 penalty minutes in 527 career regular
season NHL games with the Flyers and the Minnesota
North Stars. He was traded to the North Stars by
the Flyers in exchange for Paul Guay and a third
round pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft (Darryl Gilmour)
on February 23, 1984. He recorded 138 goals and
171 assists for 309 points and 1,600 penalty minutes
in 500 games over parts of nine seasons with the
Flyers (1975-76 to 1983-84). His 1,600 penalty minutes
with the Flyers are second all-time in club history.
He was drafted from the University of Minnesota
by the Flyers in the sixth round (108th overall)
of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. Paul and his wife,
Doreen, reside in Somerdale, New Jersey. He has
four children: Jason, Kirsten, Wes, and Greta.