The longest-tenured defenseman in Flyers' franchise history, Chris Therien was born on Dec. 14, 1971 in Ottawa, Ontario. Therien was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (47th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft. After playing three seasons for Providence College and a stint with the Canadian national team, Therien joined the Flyers for the lockout shortened 1994-95 season.
Even before Therien's longstanding defensive pairing with Eric Desjardins was formed by Terry Murray midway through Therien's third NHL season, the player nicknamed "Bundy" proved to be a mainstay on the Flyers' blueline.
Therien was an NHL All-Rookie Team selection in 1994-95 with Dmitri Yushkevich as his primary partner and generally performed well in his second season with veteran Kjell Samuelsson as his most frequent partner. Thereafter, Therien formed a lengthy as successful tandem with Flyers Hall of Famer Desjardins. After his first Flyers stint ended near the 2003-04 trade deadline when he was traded to the Dallas Stars, for whom he played 11 games, Therien returned to the Flyers for a second stint in 2005-06 before retiring.
Therien played 753 regular season games for the Flyers; a franchise record among defensemen. He chipped in 159 points (29 goals, 130 assists), 583 penalty minutes and a combined plus-125 rating. In the playoffs, he played 99 games, posting 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), 68 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. His best run came in 1997, when he posted seven points and a plus-14 for a Flyers team that reached the Stanley Cup Final.
After his playing days, Therien remained in the Delaware Valley. He began a successful broadcasting career, first as a radio booth analyst and then as a television between-the-benches analyst.