On this date in 2006, the Flyers removed the interim tag on general manager Paul Holmgren and officially announced his as the seventh GM in team history.
Holmgren led the team through a turnaround following that season into one of the most successful stretches in club history. The team has made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals twice and making the eighth Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history in 2009-10.
Prior to that, Holmgren served as assistant general manager to Bob Clarke, who on the same day announced his resignation as the club's GM. Clarke had been GM of the Flyers since the 1994-95 season, and had previously been general manager from 1984-85 season immediately following his retirement as a player.
ALSO ON THIS DATE:
- The Flyers own an all-time record of 15-3-0-1.
- In 1981, the Flyers acquired defenseman Brad Marsh from the Calgary Flames in exchange for center Mel Bridgman.
- In 1979, Rick MacLeish scored his 14th hat trick as a Flyer in the team's 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
- Born on 'This Date' are Flyers Alumni: Martin Hostak (1990-92).
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