The Philadelphia Flyers have finally named the team’s new goaltending coach, and his name is Kim Dillabaugh.
Dillabaugh came over from the Los Angeles Kings organization where he spent the past eight seasons in a goaltender development role. He has contributed to the development of NHL goalies such as, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones, who all played for the Kings at one time. Ron Hextall, the Flyers general manager, is familiar with the work that Dillabaugh has done because he worked with him during his six years in the Kings organization.
Dillabaugh has worked with amateur to professional goaltenders throughout his career. He has never been a full time NHL goaltending coach, but has a lot of experience helping goalies develop. Dillabaugh has also worked with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League Affiliate, who just won the Calder Cup this past season. The Kings won two Stanley Cups and reached the Western Conference Final while under the eye of Dillabaugh. The Monarchs won a Calder Cup and reached the Eastern Conference Final two other times.
He played three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1994-1997 with the Kelowna Rockets & the Calgary Hitmen. In 2004, he became both the assistant and goalie coaches to the Rockets. The Rockets won the championship the same season as Dillabaugh took over as the goalie coach. While he was with Kelowna, the team won two championships before Dillabaugh decided to step down and join the Kings organization full time. Dillabaugh also has some international experience because he served as the goalie coach for Canada’s Under 18 Team.
As the Flyers goalie coach, he will work with the goaltending tandem of Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth.