Konecny a star on the rise in Philly
Travis Konecny has always been a solid player but this year he’s stepped it up a notch.
Indeed, in their 23-year-old center, the Philadelphia Flyers have a player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his fourth season. As of early March, the London, Ontario, native already has career-best totals in points (60) and assists (37) with his top goal mark of 24 likely to fall at any time. His 184 career points is the seventh highest total for Flyers age 22 and younger (Bobby Clarke is next on the list with 190) and in January, he made his first All-Star appearance.
There at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, he put his passing prowess on display during the three-on-three action featuring the world’s best players, as he finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division’s 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division. And to top it off, his parents were watching him in the stands.
“I had a lot of fun,” Konecny said via a Flyers public relations representative afterward. “It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn’t understand why we weren’t playing like a real game.”
Yes, his performance this season is making the six-year, $33 million contract he signed in Sept. 2019 look like a bargain for the Flyers but it’s certain both parties will take the numbers he’s producing – especially if that means more All-Star Games and playoff wins.
Name: Travis Konecny
Birth date: March 11, 1997
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Height/weight: 5 feet 10 inches/184 pounds
Teams: Philadelphia Flyers (2016-present)
Draft: Selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Flyers in 2015
Honors and achievements: Bronze medal representing Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Finland; silver medal representing Canada at the 2017 World Championships in Germany and France
Did you know?: Is a second cousin of Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks