Versatile forward Patrick Thoresen was born November 7, 1983 in Oslo, Norway. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers and broke into the NHL with the Oilers.
Claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 22, 2008, Thoresen became the first Norwegian player in Flyers franchise history (Ole-Kristian Tollefsen became the second in 2009-10). During his 21-game regular season stint with the Flyers during the 2008 stretch run and 14 playoff games, Thoresen became a valuable penalty killer and forechecker.
Most famously, he courageously returned to the lineup in the playoffs after suffering a frightening injury when his protective cup shattered while blocking a shot during a penalty kill in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Thoresen struggled to put the puck in the net in the NHL - six goals, 24 points in 106 regular season games. However, he was a top-notch offensive player at every other level: Quebec Major Hockey League, American Hockey League, several European leagues (he was the second-leading scorer in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League in 2010-11 and third in Switzerland's National League A) and in international competitions sanctioned by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).