Derian Hatcher is an American defenseman on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Hatcher has been one of the hardest hitting defenseman in the league since being drafted 8th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1990. He remained with the team when they moved to Dallas and played there until 2003. He was team captain of the Stars when they won the Cup in 1999, and became the first non-Canadian captain to win a Cup.
After the 2003 season, Hatcher signed with the Detroit Red Wings, but played only 15 games in a Detroit uniform. After the lockout, he signed with the Flyers and was named team captain in January of 2006. In 1045 NHL games, Hatcher has scored only 80 goals and 331 points, but has accumulated a plus/minus rating of +74. In his prime, Hatcher was one of the most feared defensemen in the league, due to his physical presence and hard-hitting style. Age has slowed him considerably, but at 6’5 and 235 lbs. he can still deal out heavy hits.
Hatcher has played for Team USA numerous times and won gold at the 1996 World Cup. He played in the 1998 and 2006 Olympics as well as the 1993 and 2002 World Championships.