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Flyers name fired head coach Ken Hitchcock pro scout on Wednesday

After firing him as coach last month, the team named him a pro scout Wednesday.

"I've had some discussions over the last few days with Hitch and I think that it's important that he stay close to the game, stay in the game," Flyers interim general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "I know that his intention is to coach again somewhere down the road and until the time comes, I feel that Ken is an asset for us to use as long as he is OK with it. During my conversations with him over the last few days, I believe he is."

Hitchcock said he was grateful for the opportunity but was honest about his hopes of finding another coaching job.

"I don't make any secret of the fact that I want to be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but this is an opportunity for me to help in any way possible by watching other teams play, watching other players perform and helping Paul in the evaluation of other players and other teams," said Hitchcock.

Hitchcock was fired on Oct. 22 more than a month after signing a contract extension. Flyers GM Bob Clarke also stepped down after the team opened the season 1-6-1.

Hitchcock has a 408-249-100 record in 757 regular season games as an NHL coach and a 66-51 record in 117 career playoff games. He is a former head coach of the Dallas Stars.

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