In-Depth Look at the 5 Philadelphia Flyers’ Olympians
Who Exactly Are The Five Philadelphia Flyers' Olympians?
2014 Winter Olympic hockey rosters were announced earlier this past week. With Michael Raffl already being confirmed prior to the official announcements, four more Philadelphia Flyers found out they would be packing their bags and heading to Sochi, Russia next month. Among them are Jakub Voracek, Mark Streit, Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen. Why these guys though?
Fans can sometimes be narrow-minded when it comes to recognizing a certain players accomplishment's. If it's a player coming over from another team, people tend to only remember the contributions that were made by that player when they were playing on their favorite team. Take Dominik Hasek, for example. He's probably remembered most for his days with the Buffalo Sabres from an overall hockey fan base. However, Detroit Red Wings' fans specifically remember him for his days in Detroit due to multiple Stanley Cup titles.
We don't always remember or know where and how these player came up. I'm not sure about you, but I think that if you're selected to represent your country in the Olympics, that must make you a pretty good player. But how exactly did these five Flyers get to where they are? Where did they play in their early days? Which clubs did they start to truly blossom with? Have they ever played in the Olympics before? All these are valid questions to ask when it comes to researching the history of these players and what has made them so successful over the course their careers.
Fortunately for you, the answer is just a simple click away. So what are you waiting for? Find out what has made these players so deserving of an Olympic roster spot.
Michael Raffl-Forward (AT)
Michael Raffl will be the newest Flyer headed to Sochi for the Olympics, but despite his youth and inexperience with the Olympics, Raffl has plenty of veteran experience playing outside of the NHL. Raffl first started playing at a professional level in the Erste Bank Hockey League in his home country of Austria. At the mere age of 20, he showed off his talent at a very quick pace. In 141 games he tallied 117 points, making it very clear he was one of the best players in the country. He would spend two quick seasons in the Swedish Hockey League before joining the NHL earlier this season.
Kimmo Timonen-Defenseman (FI)
Now here's a guy who's been around for what seems like forever. Spending the first eight seasons of his professional career outside the NHL in leagues like the IHL and EUROHL, Kimmo Timonen made his NHL debut in 1998 with the Nashville Predators. In 15 amazing NHL seasons, Timonen has 550 points. But his success in the NHL isn't what's getting on team Finland this year. Believe it or not, this will be Timonen's fifth trip to the Olympics. In 24 Olympic games, Timonen has 11 points.
Mark Streit-Defenseman (CH)
For Mark Streit, it was quite a long journey into the NHL. He wasn't drafted into the league until he was 26-years old. Spending the first 11 years of his professional career outside the NHL, he was eventually drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. Streit came out strong and hasn't slowed down since. In 536 games Streit has 307 points. This will be Streit's fourth stint to the Olympic Games.
Jakub Voracek-Forward (CZ)
It's hard to believe that Jakub Voracek will be the youngest Flyer headed to Sochi. Voracek started to play in serious competition at the age of 13. Prior to the NHL, he spent some time in the QMJHL. Despite only being 24 years old, this is Voracek's sixth NHL Season. In 412 games he has 261 points. Arguably the most talented Flyer headed to Sochi, this is Voracek's first trip to the Olympics.