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History for Zepp

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Goaltender Rob Zepp stopped 25 of 28 shots to earn his first win in his first NHL start.

According to Hockey-Reference.com, Zepp became the 12th goaltender to make his NHL debut after his 33rd birthday and the first since Ross Brooks of Boston did so at age 34 in the 1972-73 season.

Two of the previous 11 were emergency replacements who replaced injured regular goaltenders mid-game. The list is as follows:

1     Hugh Lehman (41)          1926-27    CHI

2     Bert Lindsay (36)            1917-18    Montreal Wanderers

3     Joe Schaefer (35)             1959-60    NYR**

4     Ross Brooks (34)             1972-73    BOS

5     Hal Winkler (34)              1926-27    TOT

6     Lefty Wilson (34)            1953-54     DET**

7     Jim McLeod (34)             1971-72     STL

8     Seth Martin (34)              1967-68      STL

9     Paul Goodman (34)         1939-40      CHI

10   Marv Edwards (33)        1968-69        PIT

11   Les Binkley (33)              1967-68       PIT

12   Rob Zepp (33)                 2014-15       PHI

** assistant trainers who were emergency in-game replacements due to injury

Of the above list, only Lehman won his debut, making Zepp the oldest goaltender to win his debut since Lehman in 1926.

Zepp became the oldest player, goaltender or otherwise, to make his NHL debut with the Flyers. He surpassed Neil Little, who did so at the age of 30 on March 28, 2002 at Carolina.

Watch Zepp's postgame interview with the media...



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