Big-framed goaltender Anthony Stolarz was born on Jan. 20, 1994 in Edison, New Jersey. Growing up, Stolarz was a fan of the New Jersey Devils and idolized legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur. His allegiance switched quickly after the Flyers selected him in the second round (45th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft with a pick acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Sergei Bobrovsky trade.
Stolarz was drafted out of the NAHL, where he played in Texas for the Corpus Christi IceRays. Attending his first Flyers development camp in July 2012, the 6-foot-6 teenager was athletic but very raw in most aspects of his game.
Recruited to play collegiate hockey at the University of Nebraska -- Omaha, playing time was sparse for the freshman goalie. Later in the 2012-13 season, Stolarz transferred to the Ontario Hockey League where he played for the London Knights.
With each passing season, Stolarz methodically worked on his game and improved his physical mechanics and mental approach. He turned pro in 2014-15, backing up veteran Rob Zepp with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The next year, with Zepp replaced by veteran Jason LaBarbera, Stolarz took over as the primary starter for the Phantoms. He enjoyed a stellar first half, earning an AHL All-Star Game selection although his performance was inconsistent later in the season.
Stolarz, who had frequently been called up as a Flyers backup over the course of his still-young career, got off to another strong start for Lehigh Valley in 2016-17. An injury to Michal Neuvirth created yet another recall opportunity. Finally, after a total of 26 games of being dressed as a backup but never appearing in a game, Stolarz received his first NHL start.
On Nov. 27, 2016, Stolarz made his NHL debut. He turned back 29 of 32 shots in a 5-3 home win against the Calgary Flames. The young goaltender settled in nicely after yielding a shorthanded goal on Calgary's second shot of the game. At the end of the night, playing in front of numerous relatives and friends, Stolarz earned third-star honors.