On Monday, the Hockey Hall Of Fame Class of 2015 was revealed and among the inductees is former Flyers’ defenseman and captain Chris Pronger.
Pronger, a veteran of 16 NHL seasons, will always be remembered as one of the most feared and dominant defensemen ever to play the game. He skated less than three seasons with the Flyers where he compiled 92 points and 133 penalty minutes, which is a small fraction of the 698 points and staggering 1,590 penalty minutes he accrued over his career.
Pronger began his NHL career with the Hartford Whalers, but really made a name for himself defending the blue line for the St. Louis Blues where he would spend nine seasons and earn a reputation as one of the nastiest and most competitive defensemen in the league.
Pronger helped take both the Flyers and Edmonton Oilers to the NHL Stanley Cup Final and would go on to win his only Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Over his 16 seasons he won both the Hart and Norris Trophies and was named an NHL All-Star five times as well as winning two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2002 and 2010.
Pronger joined the Flyers in 2009 and served as team captain from September, 2011 until January of 2013. He last appeared on the ice in 2012 and has since been dealing with post-concussion syndrome which affects him still. Since then he has worked for the Flyers scouting department and currently is part of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
On Monday after the announcement was made, Flyers president Paul Holmgren released a statement congratulating Pronger.
“We would like to congratulate Chris on his very deserving election into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Prior to his career being cut short by injury, he was one of the greatest defensemen of all time. Chris played the game with a skill and tenacity that was second to none. We are extremely proud of Chris and his accomplishments and wish him and his wife Lauren, along with their wonderful children, Jack, George and Lila, all the best. Well done!”
The induction ceremonies will be held in Toronto on November 9.