Better known for his time in other organizations and stint with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms than his one NHL game with the Flyers, much-traveled center Jarrod Skalde was born Feb. 26, 1971 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Flyers acquired his contract on March 5, 2002 in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers for defenseman Joe DiPenta.
Skalde's lone game in a Flyers uniform came on April 1, 2002, in a 3-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He skated 12:25 of ice time and registered five shots on goal but did not record a point. The forward also appeared in 16 regular season games (four goals, eight points) and four Calder Cup playoff games for the Philadelphia Phantoms that season.
A high-scoring player in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, Skalde was more of a bottom-six forward in the NHL. Overall, he played in 115 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks (two stints), Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Flyers. He had 34 career NHL points (13 goals, 21 assists).
After continuing his pro playing career with stints in Sweden for Leksand and a brief stay with Austrian-based EBEL for Slovenian team HC Jesenice, Skalde retired in 2008 after joining the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL. He then began a coaching career.