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Born December 14, 1971 (1971-12-14) (age 38),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
260 lb (118 kg; 18 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Pro clubs Philadelphia Flyers
Dallas Stars
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1990
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1994 – 2006

Christopher Bryce Therien (born December 14, 1971, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played defence for the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars in 12 National Hockey League seasons. He is currently the color commentator on Philadelphia Flyers radio broadcasts on 610 WIP. Prior to this, he co-hosted "The Hockey Show" with Brian Startare on Sundays during hockey season, and was a studio commentator for CSN Philadelphia telecasts.

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Playing career

After registering 35 goals and 37 assists in 31 games for Northwood School in 1989–90, Chris Therien was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round, 47th overall of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He attended Providence College for three years and joined the Canadian national team after graduating. He was a member of the Canadian team which won silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. He started his professional career in 1994 playing for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Once the NHL Lockout came to an end, he joined the Flyers and played every regular season and playoff game in the abbreviated season, earning a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team. He enjoyed his best season in 1996–97 by recording a career high in points (24) and plus/minus (+27) in 71 games while helping lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Known primarily as a defensive defenceman, Therien was usually partnered with Éric Desjardins over the years. Jaromír Jágr once listed him as one of the toughest defencemen he has ever had to play against. His teammates took to calling him Bundy due to his love of the show Married… with Children.[citation needed] After playing his first 9 and a half seasons with the Flyers, he was traded to the Dallas Stars on March 8, 2004, for a 2004 8th round draft pick and a 2005 3rd round draft pick. He signed a one-year contract to return to the Flyers shortly after the 2004–05 NHL lockout came to an end, and ended up playing in 47 games before having his season cut short due to a head injury.

Post-playing career

In addition to his radio work with 610 WIP, Therien operates a shipping logistics company with former Flyers' teammate John LeClair called LT Lines (LeClair-Therien Lines).

Awards

Records

  • His 753 games played as a Philadelphia Flyer is first among defencemen in Flyers history.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Ottawa 67's OHL 8 3 1 4 22
1989–90 Ottawa 67's OHL 3 0 2 2 2
1989–90 Northwood School High-NY 31 35 37 72 54
1990–91 Providence College HE 36 4 18 22 36
1991–92 Providence College HE 36 16 25 41 38
1992–93 Providence College HE 33 8 11 19 52
1993–94 Hershey Bears AHL 6 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Hershey Bears AHL 34 3 13 16 37
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 3 10 13 38 15 0 0 0 10
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 17 23 89 12 0 0 0 18
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 2 22 24 64 19 1 6 7 6
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 3 16 19 80 5 0 1 1 4
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 3 15 18 48 6 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 4 9 13 66 18 0 1 1 12
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 2 12 14 48 6 1 0 1 8
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 10 14 30 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 1 6 7 36 13 0 2 2 2
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 1 9 10 50
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 11 0 0 0 2 5 2 0 2 0
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 0 4 4 34
NHL totals 764 29 130 159 585 104 4 10 14 68

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 1994 Lillehammer Ice Hockey

Played for Canada on/in:

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International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Team Canada Nat-Tm 8 1 4 5 8
1993–94 Team Canada Nat-Tm 59 7 15 22 46
1994 Team Canada Oly 4 0 0 0 4

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