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Hextall GM for Canada 2017 IIHF World Championships

Flyers GM will helm the team headed to France, Germany for annual tournament

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Hockey Canada announced today that Flyers general manager, Ron Hextall, has been named the GM of Team Canada for the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

He returns to the management staff, this time as general manager of Canada's National Men's Team after he was a member of the management group at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, and competed as a player at the 1992 IIHF World Championship.

Hextall was named general manager of the Flyers on May 7, 2014 and is currently in his third season as GM on the club as well as 22nd season as a member of the Flyers organization.

Hextall returned to the organization in 2013 when he was named Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations on July 15, 2013. He played 11 years for the Flyers (1986-92 & 1994-99) and is the franchise's all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (489) and wins (240).

Upon his retirement, Hextall moved into the Flyers' front office, where he spent three years as a pro scout and four as Director of Pro Player Personnel before joining the Kings in 2006 until 2013 as the club's Vice President and Assistant General Manager where he helped the team capture the Stanley Cup in 2012.  

Canada opens the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany, against the Czech Republic on Friday, May 5, with preliminary-round games scheduled through Tuesday, May 16. The bronze- and gold-medal games will take place on Sunday, May 21.

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