Ex-Flyer of the Week: Joni Pitkanen

When you think about the Philadelphia Flyers and their draft history, you probably think about their lack of homegrown defensemen. But a name you probably forget came through the pipeline is Joni Pitkanen. The Finland native and Flyers draft pick quietly, successfully, patrolled the Flyers' blue line for three seasons. Drafted fourth overall by the … Continue reading Ex-Flyer of the Week: Joni Pitkanen

Ex-Flyer of the Week: Justin Williams

Some past Flyers are remebered for their physicality or fighting, some are remembered for an amazing goal that will be played in highlight reels until the end of time, but Justin Williams is remembered as the one that got away. Originally drafted by Philadelphia 28th overall in 2000, He made the jump to the NHL … Continue reading Ex-Flyer of the Week: Justin Williams

Ex-Flyer of the Week: Tony Amonte

When just shy of 700 people have played for an organization during it's 54-year history, there's a good chance some big names will pass through town, even if it's just for a brief moment. Tony Amonte was 14-year NHL veteran when he suited up for the orange and black for the first time in 2003 … Continue reading Ex-Flyer of the Week: Tony Amonte

Ex-Flyer of the Week: Matt Read

A one-hit wonder usually refers to a musical artist who achieves fame with one song, but fades back into obscurity once the next best thing arrives. But sometimes that phrase can apply to athletes as well. Matt Read went undrafted during his college career at Bemidji State where he quietly got better each of his … Continue reading Ex-Flyer of the Week: Matt Read

Ex-Flyer of the Week: Derian Hatcher

The post-lockout era of Flyers hockey was a rough patch in team history. Then-GM Bobby Clarke built a team meant for the size and grit of the 1990's while the rest of the league was getting smaller and quicker, a bad dynamic that ultimately cost Clarke his job. The leadership group of Keith Primeau, Eric … Continue reading Ex-Flyer of the Week: Derian Hatcher