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Big-framed defenseman Mattias Timander was born in Sollefteå, Sweden on April 19, 1974. He was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the ninth round (208th overall) of the 1992 NHL Draft.

Timander went on to play 419 regular season games (13 goals, 57 assists, 70 points, 165 penalty minutes) and 23 playoff games (three goals, five assists, eight points, eight penalty minutes) in the National Hockey League.

As a depth move, the Flyers acquired the 6-foot-3, 230 pound blueliner in a January 22, 2004 trade with the New York Islander. In exchange, Philadelphia sent a previously acquired 2004 seventh-round draft pick originally belonging to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The acquisition proved valuable, especially during the 2004 postseason. Timander dressed in 34 games over the remainder of the regular season (one goal, five points, 19 penalty minutes, plus-13, 43 shots on goal). His importance increased when the Flyers' defense corps was decimated by injuries in the playoffs. Timander held his own in 18 games (two goals, six points, plus-two) as the Flyers came within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

Timander signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers on Aug. 12, 2004. However, following the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season, Timander elected to remain in Sweden. He played seven seasons for Modo Hockey and then two with Leksands IF before retiring in 2013 at the age of 39.