The Flyers are giving Chuck Fletcher a chance to produce their first Stanley Cup winner since 1975.
Fletcher, 51, the son of a Hall of Fame hockey executive, will be named the eighth general manager in Flyers history, The Inquirer and Daily News have learned.
A high-ranking club official said Fletcher will replace Ron Hextall, who was stunningly fired Nov. 26 while in his fifth season as GM. Bill Zito, a Columbus assistant general manager, was believed to be the runner-up to Fletcher.
Every general manager has his own take “on how it should be run,” the Flyers executive said. “For me, and I think Chuck has done the same, I think it’s how you treat your people, so everybody is included as to what’s going on. The people who work for you have to know you trust them and want their opinions and care about them — and it will be returned every time. Chuck will have that.”