Everyone who had been in the League for a while knew what kind of a player he was and what kind of presence he was on the ice and in the room. As a captain, he’s performed at really high levels and when the team was struggling at points he wouldn’t have to yell and scream. - Mike KnubleDERIAN HATCHER
Arriving in Philadelphia as the only American born player to captain his team to a Stanley Cup championship, Derian Hatcher certainly lived up to his reputation in a Flyers’ uniform.
In his first season, Hatcher guided the Flyers to a 101-point season, finishing with a 45-26-11 record and their 11th consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In 2006-07, Hatcher reached an NHL milestone by playing in his 1,000th game on April 7, 2007, becoming the 218th player in NHL history to reach that mark.
One of the longest tenured defensemen, Hatcher has 33 points (9G,24A) and 193 penalty minutes in 203 games over three seasons with the Flyers to add on to his 80 goals, 251 assists, 331 points and 1,581 penalty minutes in 1,045 games as a defenseman in the NHL.
He continues to serve the Flyers organization, remaining a part of the staff as the club's Player Development Coach.