Dave Scott retires as Dan Hilferty takes over as Flyers Governor

Zack Hill, Philadelphia Flyers
Zack Hill, Philadelphia Flyers /

The changes keep on coming for the Flyers. Chuck Fletcher was fired and Danny Briere was named interim GM after the trade deadline. And now Dave Scott is out as well.

Scott, Chairman and Governor of the Philadelphia Flyers will be retiring after 30 years of working for Comcast. He became the CEO of the Flyers before the 2014-15 season and assumed the role of chairman and governor after the passing of Ed Snider.

His successor will be newly hired CEO of Comcast Spectacor, Dan Hilferty. He will take over as  Chairman on April 17th and Governor of the team on July 1st.

"“I’ve enjoyed partnering with Dave since I joined Comcast Spectacor last month and I’m energized about the opportunity to further advance the company,” said Hilferty. “Our number one goal for the Flyers will be to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup. It is going to be a process that will take time to get on that path, but l’m confident we are headed in the right direction with Danny Briere as interim GM, Coach Tortorella, and our hiring of a President of Hockey Operations soon. Our leadership team will be fully focused to deliver on this for our fans while also continuing to make the sports complex the best location for sports and entertainment in the nation.“"

Hilferty was originally hired on February 14th and did replace Scott as the CEO. The belief, at the time, was that his role with the Flyers was going to be minimal. When Briere took over as interim GM, Hilferty’s name popped up as someone who would have input on upcoming decisions, along with Scott. A lot has changed over the last month it appears.

Hilferty takes over at a key time for the Flyers franchise. More moves are expected to come as Philadelphia enters a much needed rebuild. When hired, Hilferty described himself as a “tenacious Flyers fan.” He will have to prove he is the man for the job as the decisions will not get any easier over the next few months.

This could be a big step in the right direction for the Flyers moving forward. These next few weeks and months will be crucial.