Fly­ers hire Alain Vigneault as coach

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports & Classified -

The Philadel­phia Fly­ers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, hop­ing he can help lead them to their first Stan­ley Cup since 1975.

Vigneault, who turns 58 in May, has coached 16 NHL sea­sons for the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, Van­cou­ver Canucks and New York Rangers. His team made the play­offs 11 times, and he led the Canucks to the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 2011 and the Rangers to the 2014 Cup Fi­nal. He was cho­sen NHL coach of the year in 2006-07 with Van­cou­ver.

Vigneault re­places in­terim coach Scott Gor­don, who took over for Dave Hak­stol in De­cem­ber.

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