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Flyers officially name Kim Dillabaugh as goaltending coach

The team announced Jeff Reese's successor on Friday morning, as Dillabaugh was officially hired away from the Los Angeles Kings.

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The Flyers officially named Kim Dillabaugh their new goaltending coach on Friday, a week after reports had emerged that they were the "favorite" to land his services last week.

Dillabaugh has spent his time over the past decade or so working with the L.A. Kings at the NHL level, as well as the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. He oversaw goalie development with the Kings in that time, and given the number of quality goalies we've seen on the Kings the past few years, it's easy to be optimistic about what he can bring to the team following the (somewhat controversial and) unexpected departure of Jeff Reese last March.

Travis looked at Dillabaugh's track record a few weeks ago. There was speculation around that time that the Kings would not allow Dillabaugh to leave, but obviously that either changed or ended up not being a factor.

Full text of the Flyers' release regarding the hiring of Dillabaugh can be seen below.

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Kim Dillabaugh as their goaltending coach, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Dillabaugh comes to the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings, where he spent the last eight seasons working in a goaltender development role for the club. In his time with the Kings, Dillabaugh contributed to the development of Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones, while also working with goaltenders at the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and prospects playing elsewhere in professional and amateur hockey.

During Dillabaugh's time with the Kings organization, Los Angeles won two Stanley Cups and made the Conference Finals one other time, while Manchester won one Calder Cup and reached the Eastern Conference Finals two other times.

Dillabaugh played three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets and the Calgary Hitmen from 1994-97. He went into coaching upon concluding his junior career, first with the Goaltender Development Institute (GDI) as an assistant to GDI president Ian Clark.

In 2004, Dillabaugh became a goaltending & assistant coach with Kelowna and helped the team win a Memorial Cup that season. Over the next ten seasons, Dillabaugh helped the Rockets win two WHL championships (2005 and 2009) before stepping down in 2014 to join the Kings on a full-time basis.

Internationally, Dillabaugh has served as the goalie coach for Hockey Canada's Men's Under 18 Team (2004 and 2006 Junior World Cup) and was a part of Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence (POE) Goaltending Camp for four years.

Kim, 37 (7/28/77) and his wife Bonnie have a three-year-old daughter, Ellie.

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