The Seattle Kraken have named Dave Hakstol as their first head coach.
Hakstol, 52, was an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past two seasons. He previously coached the Philadelphia Flyers for three and a half seasons, before he was fired in the 2018-19 season. When he was hired by Philadelphia in 2015, Hakstol – a longtime coach at the University of North Dakota – became the first coach to jump from the NCAA to the NHL in 33 years.
The Kraken begin play next season as the NHL’s 32nd franchise. They will hold their expansion draft on July 21, which will feature the same rules as when the Vegas Golden Knights joined the NHL in 2017.