PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers made a surprise pick for their head coach, hiring University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol on Monday.

Philadelphia Flyers newly-hired head coach Dave Hakstol steps down from the stage after speaking at a news conference (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The 46-year-old Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota. He went 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage in 475 games. In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament in every one of Hakstol's 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span, which is the most of any program in the country during that period.

Flyers general manager Rox Hextall fired coach Craig Berbue at the end of the season after he failed to lead them to the playoffs. The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since 1975.

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