Chris Therien

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Chris Therien
Born (1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 42)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Dallas Stars
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1990
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1994–2006

Christopher Bowie Therien (born December 14, 1971), affectionately known as Bundy, is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 12 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars. He is currently the color commentator on Philadelphia Flyers radio broadcasts on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Playing career[edit]

After registering 35 goals and 37 assists in 31 games for Northwood School in 1989–90, Chris Therien was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round, 47th overall of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He attended Providence College for three years and joined the Canadian national team after graduating. He was a member of the Canadian team which won silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. He started his professional career in 1994 playing for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Once the NHL Lockout came to an end, he joined the Flyers and played every regular season and playoff game in the abbreviated season, earning a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team. He enjoyed his best season in 1996–97 by recording a career high in points (24) and plus/minus (+27) in 71 games while helping lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. After playing nine and a half seasons with the Flyers, he was traded to the Dallas Stars on March 8, 2004, for a 2004 8th round draft pick and a 2005 3rd round draft pick.[1] He signed a one-year contract to return to the Flyers shortly after the 2004–05 NHL lockout came to an end, and ended up playing in 47 games before having his season cut short due to a head injury.

Known primarily as a defensive defenceman, Therien was usually partnered with Éric Desjardins over the years.[2] He was also well known for elevating his game when matched up against star forward Jaromír Jágr.[3] His teammates took to calling him Bundy after the character Al Bundy from Married... with Children.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 1994 Lillehammer Ice Hockey
Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1990–91
All-Hockey East Second Team 1992–93

Records[edit]

  • His 753 games played as a Philadelphia Flyer is first among defenseman in Flyers history.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Ottawa Jr. Senators CJHL 8 3 1 4 22
1989–90 Ottawa Jr. Senators CJHL 3 0 2 2 2
1989–90 Northwood School HS-NY 31 35 37 72 54
1990–91 Providence Friars HE 36 4 18 22 36
1991–92 Providence Friars HE 36 16 25 41 38
1992–93 Providence Friars HE 33 8 11 19 52
1992–93 Canadian National Team 8 1 4 5 8
1993–94 Canadian National Team 59 7 15 22 46
1993–94 Hershey Bears AHL 6 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Hershey Bears AHL 34 3 13 16 37
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 3 10 13 38 15 0 0 0 10
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 17 23 89 12 0 0 0 18
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 2 22 24 64 19 1 6 7 6
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 3 16 19 80 5 0 1 1 4
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 3 15 18 48 6 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 4 9 13 66 18 0 1 1 12
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 2 12 14 48 6 1 0 1 8
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 10 14 30 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 1 6 7 36 13 0 2 2 2
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 1 9 10 50
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 11 0 0 0 2 5 2 0 2 0
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 0 4 4 34
NHL totals 764 29 130 159 585 104 4 10 14 68

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada OG 4 0 0 0 4
Junior int'l totals 4 0 0 0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blockus, Gary (2004-03-09). "Flyers say goodbye to Therien, hello to Malakhov". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Transcript of Eric Desjardins Conference Call". Philadelphia Flyers. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Chat wrap: Chris Therien". ESPN.com. February 16, 2001. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Panaccio, Tim (2004-03-09). "Flyers shore up defense in trades". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

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