Defenseman Dave Fenyves was born April 29, 1960 in Dunnville, Ontario. Selected by the Flyers off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 5, 1987, the former Peterborough Petes blueliner was an impact player for the AHL's Hershey Bears and a capable callup NHL player for the Flyers.
Fenyves appeared in portions of four seasons (1987-88 to 1990-91 for the Flyers), playing 58 games for the orange and black. He posted one goal, six points, 32 penalty minutes and a minus-six. During the 1990-91 season, he was a semi-regular for the Flyers, dressing in 40 games. Fenyves' lone Flyers goal came against Detroit's Glen Hanlon in a 3-1 Flyers road loss to the Red Wings on December 18, 1990.
At the American Hockey League level, Fenyves was a star during his time with the Bears. The Hershey defenseman won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL's top defenseman (i.e., the American Hockey League equivalent of the NHL's Norris Trophy) in both 1987-88 and 1988-89. The first year, he was subsequently a key player in the Bears' drive to the Calder Cup championship. The latter year, he racked up 15 goals and 66 points in 75 regular games.
Fenyves spent the remainder of his professional career in the Flyers' organization, playing exclusively for the Bears in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He retired after the season at age 33, with 233 NHL games of experience with the Sabres and Flyers under his belt along with his years of AHL stardom for the Rochester Americans and Hershey.
After his playing days, Fenyves remained in central Pennsylvania. He did CAD design work for Hummelstown-based Thermoplastic Products Corp. Fenyves also took up coaching sports - both hockey and baseball - and guided sons Ryan and Travis among other youngsters. He won a championship with Hersey High School, holding the position until 2008.
With sons Ryan and Travis playing sports, Fenyves got involved in coaching baseball and hockey, most notably with a championship run as Hershey High's hockey head coach, a position he relinquished following the 2007-08 season. Another former Flyers and Bears defenseman, Bob Wilkie, served as his assistant.