Offensive-minded defenseman Mark Streit was born in Englisberg, Switzerland on Dec. 11, 1977. Despite getting a late start in playing in North America and being unselected in the NHL Draft, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound player went on to a substantial career as an impact offensive player in the National Hockey League.
An iconic national team player for Switzerland and a former captain for the New York Islanders, Streit joined the Flyers via trade from the New York Islanders on June 12, 2013. Sixteen days later, the veteran signed a four-year contract with the Flyers.
In his first campaign as a Flyer, Streit notched 10 goals and 44 points while dressing in all 82 regular season games. He followed it with a strong playoff series in a seven-game loss to the New York Rangers.
In 2014-15, Streit was named an alternate captain. He led all NHL defensemen in power play points and was 10th in total points among defensemen as he posted nine goals and 52 points while missing only one game. In his third Flyers season, a detached pubic plate severely hampered Streit early in the season and required surgery to repair. He played 62 games and posted 23 points despite relinquishing top power play unit duties to rookie Shayne Gostisbehere.
The Flyers traded Streit, an impending unrestricted free agent, to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 1, 2017. In return, the Flyers received veteran forward Valtteri Filppula, a 2017 fourth-round draft pick and a 2017 seventh-round draft pick. The Lightning immediately flipped Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins.