Hulking enforcer Dan Kordic was born April 18, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta. Drafted by the Flyers in the 5th round (88th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft, a 20-year-old Kordic earned a semi-regular spot in the NHL for the Flyers during the 1991-92 season (46 games played, 127 penalty minutes, one goal, four points). At this stage of his career, Kordic was a defenseman. As the Flyers added pieces to their blueline puzzle, Kordic was sent to the American Hockey League for more season. He eventually switched positions and became a left winger.
After appearing in a combined 13 NHL games with the Flyers between his rookie season and 1995-96, Kordic rejoined the NHL as a regular in 1996-97. As one-third of the rugged "Dan Line" along with center Daniel Lacroix and right winger Scott Daniels, the Flyers had a trio of policemen who also had good checking instincts. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Kordic, the younger brother of the late John Kordic, was one of the NHL's top pugilists. He was underrated along the walls and also in terms of defensive awareness relative to other players who performed his role around the league.
Kordic dressed in 75 regular season games (one goal, five points, 210 penalty minutes) and 12 playoff games (one goal, one point, 22 penalty minutes) for Terry Murray's 1997-98 team that reached the Stanley Cup Final. The next year, Kordic dressed in 61 games and again rolled up 210 penalty minutes. A serious knee injury ended Kordic's career early. He split the early part of the 1998-99 season between the Flyers (Roger Neilson dressed him in two games) and Philadelphia Phantoms before being loaned to the IHL' Grand Rapids Griffins.
Following his playing days, Kordic attempted to make the switch to professional hockey officiating but was not able to make it back to the NHL as a referee. Returning to Edmonton, Kordic became a coach of youth hockey.
Dan Kordic's brother, the late John Kordic, was a notable tough guy for the Montreal Canadiens.