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Get to Know: The Defense

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Below is a quick look at the Flyers defense. The following links are highlights of each player, interviews, PLUS a map of where each players home town is located.


ALSO GET TO KNOW: the FORWARDS // the GOALTENDERS

  OSKARS BARTULIS (AWZ-kahrs - bahr-TEW-lihs)
  age: 23 (1.21.87) // ht: 6'2'' // wt: 184 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Ogre, Latvia -- click here for map
  * 2nd year in NHL... Made his NHL debut on Nov. 11, 2009
  * Signed multi-year contract extension on Dec. 2
  * Played in 2010 Olympics for Team Latvia
  * WATCH: BARTULIS HIGHLIGHTS

  MATT CARLE (KAHRL)
  age: 25 (9.25.84) // ht: 6'0'' // wt: 205 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Anchorage, Alaska -- click here for map
  * Had 4 assists in one period last season to set Flyers record by defenseman
  * Scored game-tying goal vs. Rangers in last game of season to send into OT
  * Won 2 National Championships with U. of Denver & Hobey Baker Award
  * WATCH: CARLE HIGHLIGHTS

  BRAYDON COBURN (BRAY-duhn - KOH-burhrn)
  age: 25 (2.27.85) // ht: 6'5'' // wt: 220 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan -- click here for map
  * 6th year in NHL... Has played in 259 of a possible 266 Flyers games
  * In juniors, was awarded WHL Humanitarian Award for off-ice commitments
  * Co-Winner of Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy in 2008-09
  * WATCH: COBURN HIGHLIGHTS

  ANDREJ MESZAROS (Awn-dray - MEHT-zahr-ohsh)
  age: 24 (11.13.85) // ht: 6'2'' // wt: 220 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Povazka Bystrica, Czech Republic -- click here for map
  * 6th year in NHL... Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06
  * Played in Stanley Cup Final with Ottawa in 2007
  * Played in 2010 Olympics with Team Slovakia
  * WATCH: MESZAROS HIGHLIGHTS

  SEAN O'DONNELL (SHAWN - Oh-DAHN-uhl)
  age: 38 (10.13.71) // ht: 6'2'' // wt: 237 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Ottawa, Ontario - click here for map
  * Played in 2 Stanley Cup Finals, winning Cup in 2007 with Anaheim
  * Has played over 1,000 NHL games and just shy of 1,700 penalty minutes
  * Has played in 873 of his last 902 NHL games over the last 11 seasons
  * WATCH: O'DONNELL HIGHLIGHTS
  CHRIS PRONGER (KRIHS - PRAWN-guhr)
  age: 35 (10.10.74) // ht: 6'6'' // wt: 220 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Dryden, Ontario -- click here for map
  * Has played in 3 Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Cup in 2007 with Anaheim
  * Won NHL's Hart Memorial Trophy & Norris Trophy in 2000
  * Has over 1,100 games played, 1,500 penalty minutes & 500 assists
  * WATCH: PRONGER HIGHLIGHTS
  KIMMO TIMONEN (KEE-moh - TEEM-oh-nehn)
  age: 35 (3.18.75) // ht: 5'10'' // wt: 194 // shoots: lefthanded
  born: Kuopio, Finland -- click here for map
  * Was a former 10th round pick (250th overall). Has played in over 800 games
  * Has played in 4 Olympics, winning 3 medals (2 bronze, 1 silver)
  * Winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy in 2007-08 & 2008-09
  * WATCH: TIMONEN HIGHLIGHTS

  MATT WALKER (WAHL-kuhr)
  age: 30 (4.07.80) // ht: 6'4'' // wt: 215 // shoots: righthanded
  born: Beaverlodge, Alberta -- click here for map
  * Was a part of the Simon Gagne trade in July 
  * T-1st on Tampa Bay in blocked shots (116)
  * Briefly played with Chris Pronger in St. Louis
  * WATCH: WALKER HIGHLIGHTS
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