When it came to naming a new assistant general manager, Chuck Fletcher didn’t have to look far.
Fletcher, who replaced the recently fired Ron Hextall to become the Flyers’ general manager, simply picked up the phone and called his old friend Brent Flahr.
Flahr had been Fletcher’s assistant general manager for nine years when the two worked together for the Minnesota Wild.
Now they are reunited.
Flahr also received the title of vice president.
According to the Flyers, in his new role, Flahr will be heavily relied upon for decisions involving player personnel, while supervising all aspects of the club’s scouting department and overseeing the player development of the club’s prospects.
That role was previously held by Chris Pryor, who was also let go shortly after Hextall’s firing the last week of November.
“I’m extremely excited to join a storied franchise like the Philadelphia Flyers,” said Flahr. “I’m eager to work with Chuck and the present staff, and I’m ready to do anything I can to help the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.”
Fletcher has been busy putting a new staff together and Flahr is one of the key pieces.
“Brent brings over 20 years of experience in the National Hockey League and an extraordinary amount of knowledge to our hockey club,” Fletcher said.
“I’ve known Brent for many years and his track record speaks for itself as a scout, assistant general manager and even general manager of an AHL team. His expertise of building and growing a strong foundation will be extremely valuable at all levels as we look to take the next step in our path toward winning a championship.”
Flahr was in his 10th season with Minnesota and his second as the senior vice president of hockey operations, a position to which he was promoted on June 1, 2017.
Accordingn to the Flyers, during his time with the Wild, Flahr was responsible for the organization’s preparation for and selection of players at the NHL Entry Draft, while also assisting in personnel decisions, contract negotiations and league-related issues. Players selected by the Wild under Flahr’s watch include Jason Zucker, Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Gustav Olofsson, Alex Tuch, Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin.
For the past three seasons (2015-2018), Flahr also served as the General Manager of the Iowa Wild, Minnesota’s primary affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Flahr started his NHL career with the Florida Panthers in 1996 following his graduation from Princeton University. He served in a number of roles for the Panthers over the course of eight seasons, including Assistant to the General Manager and Scouting and Video Coordinator. During the 2002-03 season, Flahr was the Director of Hockey Operations for Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2003, Flahr became an amateur scout for the Anaheim Ducks, a position he held through the club’s 2007 Stanley Cup run. From there he moved to Ottawa, where he was the Director of Hockey Operations for two seasons before joining the Wild in 2009.
A native of Courtenay, British Columbia, Flahr spent four seasons as a defenseman on Princeton’s hockey team from 1992-96 and was the team captain as a senior in the 1995-96 season.