Rugged winger Todd Fedoruk was born in Redwater, Alberta, on February 13, 1979. Nicknamed "Fridge," Fedoruk used his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame to be an effective physical presence as well as a player willing to drop the gloves with all comers.
Drafted by the Flyers in the 7th round (164th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft, Fedoruk made stops in both the ECHL and AHL before working his way up to the Flyers during the 2000-01 season. In his third NHL game, he politely asked established Buffalo Sabres enforcer Rob Ray if Ray would give him a chance to prove himself in a fight, and the veteran obliged. Fedoruk went on to dress in 53 NHL games that season, registering 109 penalty minutes and even chipping in 10 points (five goals, five assists).
On January 19, 2002, Fedoruk recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 3-0 Flyers road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the first period, he dropped the gloves with Wade Belak. In the third period, he earned an assist on a Justin Williams goal. Fedoruk closed out his memorable night with an empty net goal in the final 38 seconds of the game.
Fedoruk remained with the Flyers through the 2003-04 season and the canceled 2004-05 season, which he spent playing for the Calder Cup champion Philadelphia Phantoms. On July 29, 2005, the Flyers dealt Fedoruk to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2005 second-round pick (subsequently dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes). The Draft was held one day later.
"Fridge" spent one-plus season with Anaheim. On Nov. 13, 2006, the Flyers reacquired Fedoruk from the Ducks for a 2007 fourth-round pick (Justin Vaive). Fedoruk dressed in 48 games for the Flyers that season, recording 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 84 penalty minutes despite sustaining injuries in two fights over the course of the season; once while with the Ducks and the second time after his return to the Flyers.
Fedoruk's final goal as a Flyer was the prettiest of the 13 he tallied during his time in Philly. In the third period of a 6-1 Flyers home blowout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 12, 2007, "Fridge" received a lead pass from Jeff Carter and went on a breakaway against Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald. Pulling the puck to his backhand, Fedoruk deposited the puck into the net.
Upon the end of his second stint with the Flyers, Fedoruk spent time with the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes (for whom he dressed in 72 of 82 games in 2008-09) and the Tampa Bay Lighting.
In total, Fedoruk dressed in 545 NHL regular season games, recording 1,050 penalty minutes and 97 points (32 goals, 65 assists). He also dressed in 25 career playoff games. His Flyers totals consisted of 268 regular season games, 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) and 575 penalty minutes as well as seven appearances in playoff games.
Following his playing days and conquering personal travails, Fedoruk settled in the Delaware Valley. He later became an Ambassador of Hockey for the Flyers and a member of the executive board of the Flyers Alumni Association.