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Position Right wing
Shot Right
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Teams Minnesota Fighting Saints
Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota North Stars
Nationality United States
Born December 2 1955 (1955-12-02) (age 54),
Saint Paul, MN, U.S.
NHL Draft 108th overall, 1975
Philadelphia Flyers
WHA Draft 67th overall, 1974
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1975 – 1985

Paul Howard Holmgren (born December 2, 1955) is a retired American professional player and is the current General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Playing career

Holmgren was selected by the Edmonton Oilers 67th overall in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. He never played for Edmonton as his WHA rights were traded to the Minnesota Fighting Saints. A year later he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 108th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. He began his professional career with the Fighting Saints in 1975–76, but left the team three days before it folded on February 28, 1976, because of financial problems. He signed with the Flyers shortly after and made his NHL debut a month later. Holmgren's hectic first professional season nearly ended in tragic fashion. While playing for the Richmond Robins, the Flyers AHL affiliate at the time, he suffered a scratched cornea. He was rushed to surgery in a Boston hospital and an allergic reaction to the anesthetic nearly cost him his life.

Holmgren spent the next eight seasons in Philadelphia and was annually among the team's leaders in penalty minutes and was also able to contribute offense. He posted career highs in goals (30) and points (65) in 1979–80 and added 10 goals and 10 assists during the Flyers playoff run. His three goals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals was the first time a U.S.-born player scored a hat trick in a Cup Finals game. The next season, he was invited to the 1981 NHL All-Star game and also the United States 1981 Canada Cup team (he separated his shoulder at Team USA's Canada Cup training camp in August 1981 and missed the tournament itself as well as the start of the 1981–82 NHL season). Holmgren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars mid-way through 1983–84. He left Philly with 1,600 penalty minutes, the most in Flyers franchise history up until Rick Tocchet broke the record during the 1991–92 season. He only played 27 regular season and 15 playoff games with the North Stars as he retired after the 1984–85 season.

Coaching/Management career

Holmgren immediately moved into coaching upon retiring, becoming an Assistant Coach with the Flyers under second-year coach Mike Keenan. After Keenan was fired following the 1987–88 season, Holmgren became the first former Flyer to be named the team's Head Coach. During his first season as coach the Flyers made an unexpected run to the Wales Conference Finals before bowing out to the Montreal Canadiens in six games. This playoff run included an improbable 4 games to 3 second-round victory over Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins; with the clincher coming on the road in a thrilling game 7. The team missed the playoffs the next two seasons, however, and midway through his fourth season as coach he was fired. He remained with the organization as a scout until he moved on to the Hartford Whalers, where he spent time as Head Coach and Interim General Manager of the club.

He returned to Philadelphia during the 1995–96 season as the Director of Pro Scouting. He was named the Director of Player Personnel following the 1996–97 season and was named Assistant General Manager following the 1998–99 season. He served in that position under General Manager Bob Clarke until Clarke resigned a month into the 2006–07 season. Holmgren was named General Manager of the club and has been signed on through the 2008–09 season.

Some of Holmgren's most notable transacations to date include the acquisitions of Martin Biron, Braydon Coburn, Daniel Briere, Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupul, Jason Smith and Kimmo Timonen.

Career statistics


Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 St. Paul Vulcans MWJHL 55 22 59 81 183
1974–75 U. of Minnesota WCHA 37 10 21 31 108
1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 51 14 16 30 121
1975–76 Johnstown Jets NAHL 6 3 12 15 12
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1975–76 Richmond Robins AHL 6 4 4 8 23
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 14 12 26 201 10 1 1 2 25
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 16 18 34 190 12 1 4 5 26
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 19 10 29 168 8 1 5 6 22
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 30 35 65 267 18 10 10 20 47
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 22 37 59 306 12 5 9 14 49
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 9 22 31 183 4 1 2 3 6
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 19 24 43 178 3 0 0 0 6
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 9 13 22 105
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 2 5 7 46 12 0 1 1 6
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 4 3 7 38 3 0 0 0 8
NHL totals 527 144 179 323 1684 82 19 32 51 195


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1974 United States WJC 4 0 0 0 8
Junior int'l totals 4 0 0 0 8

All Star Games

Year Location   G A P
1981 Los Angeles 0 1 1
All-Star totals 0 1 1

External links

  • Paul Holmgren's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Profile at Hockey Draft Central
  • Paul Holmgren's biography at Legends of Hockey
Preceded by
Mike Keenan
Head Coaches of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Bill Dineen
Preceded by
Jim Roberts
Head Coaches of the Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Pierre McGuire
Preceded by
Pierre McGuire
Head Coaches of the Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Paul Maurice
Preceded by
Bob Clarke
Philadelphia Flyers General Managers
2006 – present
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