Flyers appoint Vigneault as coach

The Philadelphia Flyers hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, it was announced on Monday.

Vigneault replaces Scott Gordon, who had filled in on an interim basis for ex-coach Dave Hakstol after he was fired in December.

The 57-year-old Vigneault brings more than a decade of head coaching experience to the table. He served at the helm of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-2001, the Vancouver Canucks from 2006-13 and the New York Rangers from 2013 until to 2018.

"It is an honour to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," Vigneault said. "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."

"We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come," Flyers president and general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

"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 organisation."

Vigneault is also serving as head coach for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.

He has a career win percentage of .588 and a 648-435-35-98 record.

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