Philadelphia Flyers name Alain Vigneault as new head coach

Alain Vigneault is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers have a new head coach, naming Alain Vigneault to the position on Monday.

“We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come,” executive vice president and general manager Chuck Fletcher said in the team’s press release. “He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization.”

Vigneault brings 16 years of head coaching experience to Philadelphia’s bench. The Quebec City native has coached more than 1,200 regular season games split between the New York Rangers (five seasons, 2013 to 2018), Vancouver Canucks, (seven seasons, 2006 through 2013), and Montreal Canadiens, (four seasons, 1997 to 2001) and has an overall coaching record of 648-435-35-98.

He has been a Jack Adams Award finalist four times, most recently in 2014-15, and was named coach of the year in 2006-07 following his first season with the Canucks.

“It is an honour to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers,” Vigneault said via the press release. “The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape.”

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