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Right winger Billy Tibbetts was born October 14, 1974 in Scituate, Massachusetts. A star for the Boston Jr. Bruins of the New England Junior Hockey League, Tibbetts was a promising young power forward prospect. Trouble with the law stemming from statutory rape and assault and battery resulted in the player serving 39 months in prison and missing the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1999-2000 seasons.

Tibbetts was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000, playing an enforcer and fourth-line role while splitting time between the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.

On March 17, 2002, the Flyers traded veteran checking forward Kent Manderville to the Penguins in exchange for Tibbetts. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Tibbetts spent nine games with the Flyers. He posted one assist, 69 penalty minutes, six shots, a minus-three rating, 10 credited hits, six charged giveaways against one credited takeaway and averaged 6:41 of ice time for Bill Barber's team.

On April 8, 2002, the Flyers placed Tibbetts on waivers. He later briefly played for the New York Rangers before bouncing around the minor leagues, most successfully with the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2005-06, and later in Europe and the semi-pro level.