Since his final season as a player at the University of North Dakota in 1992, new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has spent his entire professional life working in hockey.

Hakstol, 46, was a defenseman at North Dakota, where he served as team captain from 1990-92. Then he began a minor-league playing career, first with the Indianapolis Ice of the International Hockey League and then with the IHL's Minnesota Moose.

Hakstol played in 250 games, collecting 12 goals and 37 assists. He also accumulated 455 penalty minutes.

After his playing career, Hakstol was the general manager and head coach of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League from 1996-2000.

He served four seasons at North Dakota as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach beginning in the 2004-05 season.

North Dakota made the NCAA tournament in each of his 11 seasons as head coach and reached the Frozen Four seven times. Last season, Hakstol's final team was 29-10-3 and earned a berth in the Frozen Four.

- Marc Narducci