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Well-traveled defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick was born January 11, 1975 in Rochester, New York. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthanded shooter was a standout for the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves, and was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (47th overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft.

Fitzpatrick went on to play 287 regular season games in the NHL (10 goals, 25 assists, 35 points, 201 penalty minutes) as well as 20 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (one goal, five assists, six points, 22 penalty minutes). Over the course of his career, he suited up for the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Flyers.

The Flyers signed Fitzpatrick as an unrestricted free agent on October 9, 2007. He split the 2007-08 campaign between the Flyers (19 games, zero goals, one assist, one point, 11 penalty minutes, minus-12, 13:08 average ice time including 1:09 on the penalty kill, 19 credited hits, 18 blocked shots, six charged giveaways) and the American Hockey League's Philadelphia Phantoms. As a Phantom, the veteran defenseman appeared in 19 regular season games and 12 matches in the Calder Cup playoffs.

After the 2007-08 season, Fitzpatrick wrapped up his 15-year pro career with two seasons as a member of the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. Following his retirement, he later became a youth hockey coach for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres group for ages 12 and under.