Hextall said that connection wasn't significant; rather, the Flyers were enamored with Hakstol's high success at the college level, even though North Dakota never won a national championship during his tenure.
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"I had a list of things that I wanted from a head coach, and went down the checklist in my mind and every box was checked except for the NHL experience," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.
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