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No-frills defenseman Jeff Finley was born April 14, 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta. A solid all-around player for the Western Hockey League's Portland Winter Hawks, the six-foot-two, 205-pound defenseman was selected by the New York Islanders in the third round, 55th overall in the 1985 NHL Draft.

Finley went on to play 708 NHL regular season games (13 goals, 70 assists, 83 penalty minutes and 457 penalty minutes) and 52 playoff games. Over the course of his career, he played for the Islanders, Flyers, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

Signed by the Flyers as a free agent in the summer of 1993, he provided reliable third-pairing minutes when he got into coach Terry Simpson's lineup. In 55 games played in 1993-94, he chipped in nine points (one goal, eight assists), a plus-16 rating at even strength and 24 penalty minutes. On January 19, 1995, the Flyers traded Finley to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Russ Romaniuk.