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January 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Eric Wellwood (11) during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center. The Penguins defeated the Flyers, 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Wellwood: The Best Flyer To Wear No. 47 (Video)

Eric Wellwood’s hockey career ended far too soon, in fact, he’s lucky to be alive.

A career-ending Achilles injury took away his speed and his ability to play hockey. During his short time with the Flyers, he dazzled everyone with his speed. Wellwood’s strength throughout this process makes him the greatest Flyer to wear no. 47.

“I knew for a while I wasn’t going to play. I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t want to deal with it. I just didn’t know what I was going to do after the fact. – Eric Wellwood

Eric Wellwood’s playing days are over, but his coaching days have just begun. When Wellwood realized he would never play again, he knew he wanted to coach. The Flyers had offered him a job as a player development and assistant coach with the Phantoms, but he turned it down. Wellwood wanted to stand behind the bench. The Oshawa Generals called and offered him an assistant coach position. Wellwood accepted.

Wellwood spent the majority of three seasons going up and down between the Flyers and Phantoms. His NHL career spanned three years and 31 games, including 11 playoffs games during the 2011-12 season. Wellwood spent most of his time in the NHL on the bottom lines, but was always a threat to break lose with his blazing speed.

Wellwood’s first NHL goal came from his relentless pursuit of the puck and his quick strides.

(WARNING: The next few paragraphs talk about Wellwood’s gruesome injury.)

Eric Wellwood’s speed made him a fun prospect to watch. His career is a “what could have been,” but the fact that he is alive is a miracle in itself.

Wellwood’s playing career ended when he slid feet first into the boards. His left foot cut into the back of his right leg and sliced two tendons. His Achilles tendon was severed 70 percent and an artery was cut. He was six minutes from bleeding out.

(Warning: Possibly NSFW: Blood) The following video also shows Wellwood’s skate after the injury.

Eric Wellwood will never play competitive hockey again, but a new chapter in his hockey life has started. All of us at Broad Street Buzz wish him the best of luck and hope he achieves the success he deserves.

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