Ron Hextall admits that growing up, he wasn't exactly a fan of longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Bobby Clarke. But by the time he was a standout goaltender for the Flyers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hextall had emulated the physical, intimidating style Clarke harnessed in turning the Flyers of the 1970s into one of the most iconic teams in hockey history.
Hired Monday as the Flyers' new assistant general manager and director of hockey operations, Hextall admits there is another aspect of Clarke's career he would like someday to emulate: becoming an NHL general manager.
And the man responsible for bringing Hextall back to Philadelphia, where he spent 11 of his 13 seasons as NHL player and spent his first seven years as a front-office employee thinks that potentially could happen sooner rather than later.
"It could happen very soon. You never know," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday. "It's a funny business these days and you never know what's going to happen."