Flyers sign a 6-4, 209-pound college free agent defenseman


The Flyers added a defenseman to their organizational picture Tuesday by signing college free agent Will Zmolek.

The one-year entry-level contract is for the 2023-24 season. Zmolek, who turns 24 years old next month, will report to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley for the remainder of this season.

Zmolek is a 6-foot-4, 209-pound, lefty-shot blueliner who played four years at Bemidji State University. As a senior this season, he had 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) and a plus-2 mark in 36 games. He had two power play goals, a shorthanded marker and a team-leading 64 blocked shots.

The Beavers' alternate captain recorded five multi-point games, including a three-point performance (two goals, one assist) in a 7-2 win over St. Thomas (Minnesota).

Bemidji State University

His father Doug Zmolek played for the Sharks, Stars, Kings and Blackhawks, an NHL career that spanned eight seasons. As a defenseman, he was a tough customer and frequent fighter.

He dropped the gloves with Eric Lindros at The Spectrum back in March 1993 when both players were rookies. Lindros now has his No. 88 hanging from the Wells Fargo Center rafters.

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