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Dave Scott Stepping Down from Flyers; Dan Hilferty Replacing Him

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Dave Scott (right) is stepping down from the Philadelphia Flyers and being replaced by Dan Hilferty. Photo: Joe Siville.

Dave Scott is stepping down as chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers’ parent company, Comcast Spectacor, and as Governor of the NHL team.

The team made the announcement Monday, saying Dan Hilferty will be his successor.

A few weeks ago, the team denied that the move — which had been rumored — was in the works.

Scott decided to retire after 30 years with Comcast and Comcast Spectacor. He said working for the company was “the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m very proud of all we’ve accomplished over the last 30 years.”

The Philadelphia Flyers, however, have struggled mightily in recent years. They are going to miss the playoffs for the third straight season, the first time that has happened since the early 1990s.

One of the last moves Scott made was to fire general manager Chuck Fletcher and replace him with interim GM Danny Briere.

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Briere is expected to remain in the position, but that decision now rests with Hilferty, who will also name a president of hockey operations.

Hilferty joined the staff last month

“Our No. 1 goal for the Flyers will be to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup,” Hilferty said. “It’s going to take time to get on that path, but I’m confident we are headed in the right direction with Danny Briere as our interim general manager, coach (John) Tortorella, and our hiring of a president of hockey operations soon.”

Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, praised Scott’s work.

“Dave is a highly talented executive who contributed to the growth of our business in many ways over the last three decades,” Roberts said.

Scott, who joined Comcast Spectacor in December of 2013, led the Wells Fargo Center’s $350 million-plus transformation. Among his many duties, he oversaw Spectra, a venue management and hospitality company, which was later sold.

Hilferty will officially replace Scott on April 17, the Flyers said. He joined Comcast Spectacor as its CEO the last month after leading Philadelphia’s successful bid to be a host city for FIFA World Cup 2026.

A man with deep Philadelphia roots, Hilferty was previously at the helm of Independence Blue Cross as its president and CEO for 10 years.

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