December 18, 1971 |
Medicine Hat, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
|NHL Draft||226th overall, 1991
Neil Little (born December 18, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization nearly his entire professional career, helping backstop the Philadelphia Phantoms to two Calder Cup championships and playing in two career National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Flyers. Until 2015, he was previously an amateur scout for the Flyers. He is now a scout for the NHL Florida Panthers.
Little has played for the Hershey Bears and Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL, as well as playing two NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers. He signed with the Espoo Blues in the Finnish SM-liiga for the 2005–06 season, and finished that same season in Geneva, Switzerland.
On December 28, 2003, he was the "flying goalie" in a brawl between the Phantoms and the Binghamton Senators as several players from the two teams were fighting next to the Senators' net, Little skated across the rink and dove into the crowd.
Following his playing career, Little was named an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL, then transitioned to a global amatuer scout for the Philadelphia Flyers. In total, Little spent 24 years in the Flyer organization before joining the Florida Panthers.
He was the assistant coach for the Princeton University Men's hockey team from 2007–08 to 2010–11 seasons.
He married Catherine M Foote, DMD of Ardmore, PA in July 2013. Neil has three children, Nicholas, Elsie and Graysen.
Awards and honours
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||1990–91|
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||1992–93|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||1992–93|
|1994 NCAA Division I Hobey Baker Finalist