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Longtime NHL winger Geoff Sanderson was born on February 1, 1972 in Hay River, in the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada. He is the only NWT native in National Hockey League history. Sanderson's father, a pharmacist, worked in now-disbanded mining town of Pine Point. The family relocated to Edmonton, Alberta, when Geoff was a teenager.

A prolific scorer for the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos, Sanderson was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the second round (36th overall) of the 1990 Draft.

He went to enjoy a 1,104-game NHL career (355 goals, 345 assists, 700 points) that spanned the tail end of the 1990-91 season through 2007-08. His gravy years came in back-to-back years of 46 goals (89 points) and 41 goals (67 points) for Hartford in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Playing regularly with playmaking forward Andrew Cassels, Sanderson added back-to-back seasons of 34 goals (65 points) and 36 goals (67 points) in 1995-96 and 1996-97. Later, as a member of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets, Sanderson had seasons of 30 goals (56 points in 68 games) and 34 goals (67 points) in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Sanderson was a journeyman veteran by the time he joined the Flyers in the 2006-07 season. Amid the worst season Flyers' franchise history, Sanderson dressed in 59 games. He produced 11 goals and 29 points with a minus-16 rating at even strength.

After the season, Sanderson was included in the July 1, 2007 trade that sent defenseman Joni Pitkanen to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran defenseman Jason Smith and power forward Joffrey Lupul. Sanderson finished out his NHL career by dressing in 41 games (three goals, 10 assists, 13 points) for the Oilers in 2007-08.