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Paul Holmgren
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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 in 1994).

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.




 

 
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