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Center Mark Freer was born July 14,1968 in Peterborough, Ontario. Signed as a free agent in 1986, Freer spent parts of five seasons with the Flyers, but primarily played for the AHL's Hershey Bears, where the former Peterborough Petes star was a standout forward.

Freer's best AHL season came in 1988-89, when he scored 30 goals and posted 79 points in 75 games for the Bears. Fifty of Freer's 59 career games with the Flyers were played during the 1990-91 season, in which the smallish center chipped in six goals and 13 points. The Ottawa Senators claimed Freer from the Flyers in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 18, 1992. Freer later returned to the Philadelphia organization, at least at the AHL level, as a member of the Phantoms in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

Freer made his home in the Hershey, PA area even after his playing days, owning a brokerage business and coaching hockey for the Hershey. Jr. Bears.