If you use any form of social media, you undoubtedly have seen people every Thursday post a picture of something that happened anytime in the past with the caption “#ThrowbackThursday” or “TBT.” Personally, I like the name Time Machine Thursday, and since it’s the day of former Philadelphia Flyer Sami Kapanen‘s retirement from professional hockey, I figured it would be nice to start our own Time Machine Thursday here at Broad Street Buzz. Every Thursday we’ll post a moment or player in Flyers history of significance, good or bad.
Believe it or not, Sami Kapanen was still playing professional hockey until this very day. It is on this very day however that the co-owner of KalPa Kuopio of the Finnish professional hockey league SM-liiga stepped away from playing, retiring at the age of 40.
Kapanen played five years for KalPa Kuopio after having spent 12 seasons in the National hockey league with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers acquired Kapanen in 2002, where he played in the orange and black until 2008.
Kapanen played in 311 games for the Flyers, scoring 44 goals and 66 assists for 110 points. He also recorded 19 points in 53 playoff appearances as a Flyer, including a big goal in the 2008 playoffs in Game 3 against the Washington Capitals, which would ultimately be his final NHL playoff goal.
The two time NHL All Star and two-time Olympic Bronze medalist is well known for another reason for being hit hard by Toronto Maple Leafs villain Darcy Tucker during overtime Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The hit by Tucker (illegal in today’s game perhaps?) sent the Toronto crowd into a frenzy, and sent Kapanen scrambling on the ice trying to get up. Keith Primeau eventually guided Kapanen to the bench with play continuing. This led Jeremy Roenick to be able to skate up the ice 40 seconds later and score the game winning goal that sent the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
So in celebration of the first Broad Street Buzz “Time Machine Thursday,” we celebrate the great career to a Flyer fan favorite Sami Kapanen.