PHILADELPHIA - Keith Allen, the first coach of the Philadelphia Flyers who became the general manager that built the organization's Stanley Cup championship teams of 1974 and 1975, died Tuesday. He was 90.
Allen joined the Flyers in 1966, before the franchise's inaugural season. He was behind the bench for its inception in 1967 and won the West Division title that season. He coached the team through the 1969-70 season.
Allen became the general manager of the Flyers on Dec. 22, 1969, and held that position until May 27, 1983. During his tenure as GM, the Flyers won two Stanley Cups (1973-74 and 1974-75) and reached the NHL final four times.
The team announced his death in a release. It provided no other details.
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