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Righthanded shooting defenseman Wade Skolney, who appeared in one game for the Flyers during the 2005-06 season, was born June 24, 1981 in Wynyard, Saskatchewan. The six-foot-1, 205-pound defensive defenseman went unselected in the NHL Draft but established himself as a reliable and physical player over five full seasons and one early appearance at age 15 (one game in 1996-97) with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Flyers signed Skolney as a free agent on May 20, 2002, after he played an overage season for the Wheat Kings. Over the next four seasons, he was a member of American Hockey League's Philadelphia Phantoms. In 2004-05, Skolney was part of a Phantoms squad that won the Calder Cup championship.

On October 11, 2005, the Flyers called up Skolney. He skated 6:52 in a 4-2 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, taking a first-period minor penalty for high sticking. Philadelphia successfully killed the two-minute disadvantage. Skolney was not on the ice for any goals by either side.

The next day, the Flyers returned Skolney to the Phantoms. He did not play again in the NHL for the remainder of his career. In 2006-07, he posted 216 penalty minutes - by far a career high - in 62 games as a member of the AHL's Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Thereafter, Skolney played two seasons in Germany's DEL for the Straubing Tigers and one year in the Austria-based EBEL for Slovenian entry HC Jesenice.