Size has always been a staple among the Flyers organization, as is hard-work and toughness.
With the 6’1’’, 200-pound signing of forward Ben Holmstrom on Mar. 17, 2010 the Flyers got all three.
Holmstrom recently completed his first full season with the Flyers’ farm team in Adirondack, posting 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 79 games.
His size and defensive reliability has even earned him call ups to the big club, culminating into his eventual NHL debut in March.
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Holmstrom made his big league debut on Mar. 3 vs. Toronto with Darroll Powe & Jeff Carter out of the line up due to the flu.
"They let me know about 10:30 this morning that I had to come down here," said Holmstrom prior to his debut. "
He had 8:06 of time-on-ice and filled in on the penalty kill for Powe getting over half of his ice time while shorthanded (4:33).
“I thought Ben [Holmstrom] came up and did a good job for us tonight,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette after the game. “He killed a lot of penalties, got some time, and did a good job in his first game.”
What also doesn’t get noticed sometimes on the scoresheet is that Holmstrom led all players in the game with five hits.
It didn’t take long for Holmstrom to get used to the rough play in the NHL. In just his second go-around with the Flyers, Holmstrom took part in his first fight in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Apr. 5.
After a big hit on Sens’ forward Zack Smith, he was challenged and fought Ottawa tough guy Chris Neil.
Despite sitting in the box for five minutes, Holmstrom appeared in over 10 minutes of time-on-ice, this time a large majority of it was at even strength.
Holmstrom remained with the Flyers during their playoff run as a member of the “Black Aces” traveling with the club to all road games for the Quarterfinal series vs. Buffalo and Semifinals vs. Boston.
He made his professional debut with the Phantoms following a four-year career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009-10, where he had three goals in thirteen games towards the end of the season.
While at UMASS-Lowell, Holmstrom posted 26 goals and 58 assists for 84 points and 201 penalty minutes in 144 games.
He was named captain of the squad for three of his four seasons and in his final season was named the Hockey East Association’s Best Defensive Forward for the 2009-10.