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Flyers, Blackhawks honor retired Kimmo Timonen

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A nice farewell for the one of better defensemen in recent memory.

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers honored retired defenseman Kimmo Timonen with a special ceremony before the team hosted the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Timonen was a longtime great for the Flyers over the years before winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks following a midseason trade during the 2014-15 season.

Timonen, 40, played seven seasons with the Flyers from 2007-15 after beginning his NHL career with eight years as a member of the Nashville Predators. He was one of the game's better defensemen, finishing in the top-20 in Norris Trophy voting three times with Philadelphia, and led the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2010. The team fell short, of course, by losing to Chicago.

That didn't stop the team from celebrating his impressive career Wednesday night:

Timonen also dropped a ceremonial puck at center ice for a face-off with captains Claude Giroux and Jonathan Toews.

It's a nice way to send Timonen off after an amazing career that included 16 NHL seasons, one Stanley Cup and four Olympic medals (one silver, three bronze) as a member of the Finnish national team. Good luck with whatever comes next, Mr. Timonen.