Hard-shooting defenseman Kurtis Foster was born on November 24, 1981 in Carp, Ontario. Originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (40th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-5, 226-pound righthanded shooter was a late-blooming standout for the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes and the minor leagues
Early in his career, despite some skating deficiencies, Foster rose through the minor leagues and established himself as an NHL regular. Possessing a 100 MPH slap shot, the big blue liner became a staple on the power play. Playing for the Minnesota Wild, his star was rising until March 20, 2008 in a game against the San Jose Sharks.
Bumped by Torrey Mitchell in a race for an icing touchup, Foster crashed awkwardly into the bottom of the end boards and shattered his femur. He missed the remainder of the 2007-08 season and much of the 2008-09 campaign. Thereafter, he struggled to fully regain his form. Foster played for six different NHL teams through the 2011-12 season.
After the broken leg, Foster became more of a power-play specialist and sixth defenseman. He also brought a positive locker room presence and a good work ethic at practice.
During the 2012 NHL lockout, Foster played in Finland's SM-liiga for Tappara Tampere. After sustaining a collarbone injury in November, he returned to the ice in late December and played in Tampere through the end of the lockout. In all, he suited up in 13 games, posting six points (three goals, three assists).
The Flyers signed Foster as an unrestricted free agent on January 13, 2013. He dressed in 21 games, producing five points (one power play goal, four assists) and 25 penalty minutes while averaging 13:04 of ice time including 1:21 of power play time. He blocked 16 shots and was credited with 16 hits.