The Philadelphia Flyers announced their opening night roster on Oct. 9, but one young player gave an indication that he’ll be around for the long haul.
Bobby Brink, who was impressive in both Flyers rookie camp and throughout the preseason, will be switching from no. 46 to no. 10 for this upcoming season. 10 was last worn by Andy Andreoff in the 2020-21 season, although it was most famously worn by Brayden Schenn and Flyers legend John LeClair.
Al Conroy and Kimbi Daniels are the only two players in Flyers history to wear 46 for more than one season, and the two combined for just 141 NHL games. Even further to that point, no player that’s worn 46 for Philly has played more than three seasons in the NHL, or 200 NHL games.
At this juncture, it seems that Brink has made the wise choice of changing off of the arcane number for something more distinct and recognizable. And, his teammates are no strangers to funky jersey numbers themselves. Carter Hart of course wears 79, Owen Tippett wears 74, and Morgan Frost wears 48. Fellow rookie Tyson Foerster was supposed to be switching from 71, but that ultimately never came to be.
Foerster can instead point to his current number as the amount of points he’ll score in a Flyers uniform in one season someday; Philly could use a sniper or three. Brink too can revel in the fact that his new digits typically represent a player in sports who’s among his team’s very best; a leader and a commander of offense.
Naturally, we should wary of putting the carriage before the horse, especially with the Flyers’ lineup appearing to be very fluid at this moment in time. Brink figures to rotate with Foerster to start, and the team will also need to give minutes to their extra defensemen like Yegor Zamula and Emil Andrae while Rasmus Ristolainen spends some time on injured reserve.