Left wing power forward Al Secord was born on March 3, 1958 in Sudbury, Ontario. Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (16th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft, the six-foot-one, 205-pound Secord broke into the NHL with Boston and later served two tours of duties with Chicago along with one-and-a-half seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as an abbreviated stay with the Flyers.
The Flyers acquired the veteran forward from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 7, 1989 in exchange for a 1989 fifth-round pick (Keith Carney). Secord dressed in 20 games down the stretch of the 1988-89 regular season (one goal, zero assists, 38 penalty minutes) as well as 14 playoff games (zero goals, four assists).
As a Flyer, Secord's lone goal was scored on Feb. 15, 1989 at the Spectrum against the New York Rangers. New York cut a two-goal deficit to one with 7:37 remaining in the third period. Skating on the fourth line, centered by Keith Acton, Secord restored a two-goal margin several minutes later. The Flyers went on to earn a 3-1 win.
He also had two fights as a Flyer, taking on the Islanders Alan Kerr during multiple fights that erupted at the nine-second mark of the first period in a Feb. 19 game at the Spectrum. On March 12, the long-time Chicago Blackhawk fought Chicago defenseman Bob McGill.
Secord enjoyed a strong 766 game NHL career overall, including a pair 40-goal, 200-plus penalty minute seasons with the Blackhawks and a 54-goal, 180 penalty minute season in his career-best 1982-83 campaign. Along with other rugged players such as the Flyers' Rick Tocchet, Secord was part of the first group of forwards whose rugged playing styles combined with goal-scoring ability came to be described as "power forwards."
After his retirement from playing, Secord became a commercial airline pilot for American Airlines. Residing in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas, Secord also coached youth hockey in the greater Dallas/ Fort Worth area.