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American Hockey League Hall of Fame defenseman John Slaney was born February 7, 1972 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 1990 NHL Draft (9th overall), Slaney was a prolific offensive defenseman for the Ontario Hockey League's Cornwall Royals, including a 38-goal, 97-point season in 1989-90, when he won CHL Defenseman of the Year honors. He scored the gold medal winning goal for Team Canada

Slaney appeared in 268 regular season (22 goals, 69 assists, 99 points) in the National Hockey League, along with 14 playoff games (two goals, one assist, three points). Most of his career was spent at the American Hockey League level, where he twice won the Eddie Shore Award as the league's top defenseman and ranked as the league's top-scoring defenseman in history (later surpassed) at the time of his final AHL season in 2006-07.

The Flyers acquired Slaney from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kevin Stevens on January 14, 2001. Slaney quickly stepped in as the top offensive defenseman on the Philadelphia Phantoms and enjoyed some of the best years of his pro career. He was an AHL first-team All-Star in 2000-01 and 2001-02, winning the Eddie Shore Trophy both seasons. He was a second-team All-Star in 2003-04. Slaney also appeared in five NHL games for the Flyers; one in 2001-02 and four in 2003-04.

Slaney remained with the Flyers/Phantoms through 2006-07. He finished his playing career with three seasons in Germany and one in the Czech Republic. After his playing days, he began a coaching career.