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RANGERS TAKE ON THE FLYERS IN HOCKEY ACTION
New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr, left, attempts to score as Philadelphia Flyers' Eric Desjardins tries to stop him during the first period of play at Madison Square Garden on March 22, 2006 New York City. Both teams are competing for the number one slot in the Atlantic division which is presently being held by the Rangers. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Éric Desjardins (born June 14, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was a defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers for 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993 and headlining the Flyers defence for over a decade. He currently works for the Flyers as a player development coach.

Desjardins was drafted 38th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens from the Granby Bisons of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). After playing one more season for Granby, he joined the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the AHL in time to make his professional debut in the spring of 1988, playing three regular season games and four playoff games. He began his NHL career in 1988–89 with two goals and twelve assists in 36 games. He also played in 14 playoff games on Montreal's way to the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, a loss against the Calgary Flames.

His play improved thereafter, leading to an appearance in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game. By 1992–93 he had established himself as one of the team's premier defencemen, often playing in power play situations with Mathieu Schneider. Perhaps his most famous performance happened in game two of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals on June 3, 1993, when he scored all of Montreal's goals in a 3–2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings in a game also marked by Marty McSorley's illegal stick penalty. The game turned the series in Montreal's favor.

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