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Ex-Flyers forward Nolan Patrick has not retired from hockey

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Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick has retired at the age of 25. (Photo: AP)

On Tuesday it was, apparently, revealed that former Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick had retired from the NHL. The words didn’t exactly come from Patrick’s mouth, though.

The Power Play – a hockey coaching and mentorship program founded by former first-round pick Jayce Hawryluk – shared a post on Instagram on Tuesday introducing their ‘team’. On this team is none other than former top Flyers prospect Nolan Patrick, who holds the titles of “Skills Specialist”, “Video Coach”, and “Mentor”. In addition, Patrick is referred to as a “Retired pro with significant NHL experience”. This all but confirms that the Flyers’ former No. 2 overall pick has retired from the NHL.

Edit: Nolan Patrick declined to speak with Elliotte Friedman on the matter, but clarified he has NOT retired from hockey. The Power Play has since edited their post to label Patrick as a “4x NHL Pro”

Patrick had only recently turned 25 years old back in September, but concussions and a migraine disorder quickly derailed his playing career. The former Brandon Wheat Kings talisman last played in the NHL on March 24, 2022 against the Nashville Predators. The Predators, of course, sent him to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass. As for the Philadelphia Flyers? They ended up with Ryan Ellis, whose playing days also appear to be in the rearview mirror.

Patrick finished his NHL career with 32 goals, 45 assists, and 77 points in 222 games played. With the Flyers, Patrick appeared in 197 regular season games, scoring 30 goals, 40 assists, and 70 points.

For those curious about Patrick’s new position, he’ll be working under Hawryluk, who was the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers. Hawryluk, 27, is still plying his trade in Czechia with HC Bili Tygri Liberec. Joining them will be former Panthers defenseman Ian McCoshen, as well as former Wheat Kings forward Ryley Lindgren.

If you’re “ready to be mentored by the best and transform your game”, Patrick and Co. implore you to DM The Power Play on Instagram @thepowerplay.hockey. Who knows, maybe the next Philadelphia Flyers star is waiting to be made.

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