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One on One with Todd Fedoruk

Many Flyers fans remember Todd Fedoruk’s days with the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was an enforcer who had a willingness to drop the gloves and come to the aid of any of his teammates.

After trying out with the Vancouver Canucks this preseason and not making the team, Fedoruk returned to the Flyers organization on November 9, 2011 as an assistant coach with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.

Fedoruk’s excitement to rejoin the Flyers organization is apparent.

“It’s good. It’s good to be involved in hockey,” he said. “It’s something that I always wanted to stay involved with.”

Fedoruk’s playing career in Philadelphia as both a Flyer and Phantom had some success, especially in the 2004-05 lockout. During that season, Fedoruk would be a part of the Calder Cup winning Phantoms.

“Anytime you get a chance to finish the job and win a title, it’s special. When you play hockey, and win a championship in the league you play in, it’s something you remember for the rest of your life.”

Since the Phantoms played in Philadelphia, Fedoruk said it was especially memorable to win the 2005 Calder Cup.

“We played in front of the same fans [as the Flyers],” he said.

Since joining the team behind the bench, the Titans have had a solid 5-3-1 record, good for 11 points in the standings. The stretch has moved them to within two points of the Reading Royals who are in second place in ECHL’s Atlantic Division.

Not only are the Titans only two points back, but they also have a game in hand on Reading as well.

Fedoruk was humble in his assessment of the team’s recent success, attributing it to hard work and head coach Vince Williams rather than anything he has done.

He has been especially impressed with the team’s growth.

“This is a young team; it was put together quickly,” Fedoruk explained. “Now, they are building chemistry and developing.”

When asked about the differences between being a player and a coach, Fedoruk admitted he’s still a student of the art of coaching.

“It’s a learning process. Making those distinctions between emotions and learning the different things to say to players to get them to do what you want.”

Luckily for Fedoruk, he has a solid mentor in head coach Vince Williams. The future is bright in Trenton as the team has started playing some very solid hockey the last couple weeks.


George Prax's picture

Great interview. It's nuts that he was just playing hockey and he's only 32. Gotta think he has a good future in hockey management.