There’s a reason that every time a Flyers fan gripes about goaltending, he or she gets nostalgic for this guy.
For parts of eleven different seasons (more than double any other player on this list), Hextall was the guy in Philadelphia.
Hextall appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals, first in 1987 and second in 1997. He also scored two goals, including one in the playoffs against the Washington Capitals. He is considered the first goaltender to intentionally shoot the puck into the net, and is the first goalie to do it in the playoffs.
Hextall was traded to the Quebec Nordiques before the 1992-1993 season as a part of the Eric Lindros trade, but the Flyers experienced their first taste of life after Hextall and apparently did not enjoy it, as they brought the fiery netminder back in 1994.
He won both the Vezina Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1987 and was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2008.
Awards, Finals appearances and goals will get you liked in Philadelphia, but Hextall knew what it took to be loved: he played with attitude.
One of his most famous (or infamous) moments is depicted in the video, when Hextall attacked Montreal’s Chris Chelios after the whistle and proceeded to challenge the entire Canadiens bench to a brawl.
To most fans, what Hextall did was dirty and senseless; to Flyers fans, it was admirable and made perfect sense.
Alas, the Hextall days are over, never to return, and Flyers fans have been waiting for his second (or third) coming for more than a decade now. With Ilya Bryzgalov under contract, the Flyers know they might not have a player with Hextall’s temperament, but it would be enough simply to have a goalie with his abilities.