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. He is currently an amateur scout for the Flyers.
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, playing until leaving the team because of a dispute with the Espoo coach, then finished the 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/goaltending development coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms as well as a global scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, concentrating his focus on goaltenders.
He was the assistant coach for the Princeton University Men's hockey team from 2007–08 to 2010–11 seasons.
He was married to actress Blanchard Ryan, who is also an avid ice hockey fan, daughter of Ron Ryan, President of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and former Coach and General Manager to the Hartford Whalers, which moved to North Carolina and was renamed the Carolina Hurricanes, and of his wife Brenda, a French teacher, whom he divorced, without children.
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|
- 1997–98: Calder Cup Philadelphia Phantoms
- 2004–05: Calder Cup Philadelphia Phantoms
- 2006: Inducted into Philadelphia Phantoms Hall of Fame
- 2007: Inducted into RPI's Athletic Hall of Fame
|1998–99||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||50||18||21||5||2740||144||3||3.15||.894|
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