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Goaltender Rick St. Croix was born January 3, 1955 in Kenora, Ontario. Drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round (72nd overall) of the 1975 NHL Draft, St. Croix worked his way up gradually through the minor leagues, including stops with the Maine Mariners and Philadelphia Firebirds.

St. Croix had several cups of coffee with the big team in the late 1970s, totaling 10 games between the 1977-78 (seven games), 1978-79 (two games) and 1979-80 seasons (one game). He held his own in the small sampling of games.

A fine American Hockey League level goaltender, St. Croix was part of the Mariners' Calder Cup winning 1977-78 and 1978-79 squads. The organization also had well-regarded prospect Pete Peeters and diminutive but talented Robbie Moore in the system at the time. In 1979-80, St. Croix and Moore shared the Hap Holmes Award for the lowest goals against average in the AHL.

In 1980-81, St. Croix finally cracked the Flyers roster on a full-time basis. He appeared in 27 regular season games and nine playoff games. Backing up Peeters that season as well as in a 1981-82 campaign that was tough on all of the Philadelphia goalies, St. Croix had a few opportunities to earn the number one role.

The following season, the NHL emergence of rookies Pelle Lindbergh (an NHL All-Star participant and All-Rookie Team) and Bob Froese pushed St. Croix out of the picture after he appeared in 16 games. On January 11, 1983, the Flyers dealt St. Croix to the Toronto Maple Leafs for veteran backup Michel 'Bunny' Larocque, who served as a depth option while Lindbergh was out with a wrist fracture.

For his Flyers career, St. Croix appeared in 82 regular season games (38-26-16, 3.23 GAA, .888 SV%, two shutouts) and 10 playoff games (4-6, 2.99 GAA, .891 SV%, one shutout). Following his retirement as an active player, he went into coaching, including two seasons apiece with the original Winnipeg Jets and as the goalie coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.