|Born:||June 4, 1972||Draft:||1990 North Stars, 8th Overall|
|Hometown:||Sterling Heights, Michigan||Position:||Defense|
|Known For:||1999 Stanley Cup Champion||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||United States||Current Status:||Retired|
Derian Hatcher (born June 4, 1972) is a retired American ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2007-08 season. Drafted 8th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Hatcher returned for one final season with the North Bay Centennials of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before joining the North Stars as a permanent fixture on their blue line. In 12 seasons with the team, Hatcher developed into a hard-nosed, in-your-face defenseman who could throw a hit and back it up with a fight. He registered five 30-point seasons with Dallas and seven seasons of 100-or-more penalty minutes. In the 1994-95 season, he was named the team’s captain, a role he held until his final season with the team. He led the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup, defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games, and one year later the team made the Stanley Cup Final a second time, ultimately losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games.
For the 2003-04 season, Hatcher signed with the Detroit Red Wings, but his season was cut short to 15 games due to knee injury, suffered in the third game of the season, sidelining him for the majority of the year. The following year was lost due to the lockout and Hatcher filled his time in the United Hockey League (UHL) playing for the Motor City Mechanics, along with fellow Red Wings teammates Kris Draper and Chris Chelios. With the new salary cap in place, Detroit bought out the remainder of Hatcher’s contract and he signed with the Flyers for the following season. He was named the team’s captain for the 2005-06 season, where he registered 17 points in 77 games. He was later demoted to alternate captain for the final two seasons of his career, and on June 15, 2009 he announced his retirement.
Internationally, Hatcher has represented his team on five occasions, including two Olympic Winter Games, two World Cups, and one World Cup of Hockey, capturing a World Cup gold medal in 1997. In 2011, he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, having finished his NHL career with 331 points and 1,581 penalty minutes in 1,045 games, winning one Stanley Cup. In 2014, he became a co-owner of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, and four years later he became the sole owner of the team.
Derian Hatcher Statistics
- Philadelphia Flyers (Development Coach) 2009-2014
- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, QC Int PW (Assistant Coach) 2011-2012
- Philadelphia Flyers, QC Int PW AA Elite (Assistant Coach) 2012-2013
- Philadelphia Flyers Elite, USPHL Premier (Director of Player Development) 2013-2015
- Sarnia Sting, OHL (Franchise Owner) 2014-current
- Sarnia Sting, OHL (Head Coach) 2015-2020
- NHL All-Star Game (1997)
- World Cup Gold Medal (1997)
- NHL Stanley Cup Champion (1999)
- NHL Second All-Star Team (2003)
- United States Hockey Hall of Fame (2011)