Former UND head coach Dave Hakstol has been named the first-ever head coach of the Seattle Kraken.
The Hakstol File
Hakstol was the head coach at UND for 11 seasons 2004-2015 compiling a 289-143-43 (.654) record. During his tenure, UND won two MacNaughton Cups (WCHA) 2008-09 and 2010-11 and a Penrose Cup (NCHC) 2014-15. Hakstol’s team also won four Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA Playoff champion, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Hakstol’s teams advanced to Frozen Four seven times finishing second in 2005 (Denver 4-1 Loss).
The former UND hockey coach left UND after the 2014-15 season to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers 2015-2019 compiling a 134-101-42 (.560) record. Hakstol’s teams were 4-8 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. His best season with the Flyers was during the 2017-2018 season; when they posted a 42-26-14 (.598) record finishing third in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers would go on to lose in the first round to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. Hakstol was fired by the Flyers during the 2018-19 season after they started the season 12-15-14 (.452).
SEATTLE, WE GOT OUR GUY!
Dave Hakstol (@hakstol2), has been named the the first-ever head coach in #SeaKraken history!
Get to know our new bench boss → https://t.co/uiBhw09CfE pic.twitter.com/fe9p7Hry64
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) June 24, 2021
Elliot Friedman was right on again.
Kraken expected to name their first coach today. Hearing it is not Rick Tocchet. They’ve kept us guessing, but among other recent interviews whose name has not been out there: TOR assistant Dave Hakstol.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 24, 2021