was selected 21st overall in the NHL Draft by the New York Islanders in 1982.
college years, he
helped the Wisconsin Badgers win the NCAA
title in 1983 and was named to the WCHA first all-star team, the NCAA West first all-American team, and the NCAA championship tournament all-star team.
scored four goals in seven games to help the Canadian team win the bronze medal at the 1983 World Junior Championships.
Later that same year, he
won bronze with the senior team at the World Championships.
After graduating from Wisconsin, Flatley spent a season with the Canadian national team.
was an important asset for them when they finished fourth at the Sarajevo Olympics.
most significant contribution was scoring twice in a 4-3 win over Czechoslovakia, which clinched the bronze medal for the Canadians.
After the Olympics, Flatley joined the Islanders, where he would play for the next twelve years.
time there, he
earned a reputation as a solid player, proficient at driving to the net, and effective at winning pucks in the corner.
spent the 1996-97 season with the New York Rangers before retirement.
was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame
on January 12, 2012.
Upon retirement he served as a part-time analyst with Hockey Night in Canada for the 1988-2000 seasons.
His quick wit, loyalty and dedication to the game of hockey and the players landed him a position as the NHL Director of Alumni Relations where he served as the liaison between the NHL, the club owners and the NHL Alumni for 10 years.
was instrumental in the continuity of the career transition and the formulation of the NHL Alumni Association
to assist former players in need.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the NHL Alumni Association since it's inception in November of 1999 and has continued to help his fellow players through many aspects of the game and life skills, both on and off the ice.
With Flatley's knowledge of the game, respect of the players, ability to work with the NHL
and the NHL
Alumni, and his
definitive interest in helping current players through their transition into retirement, the NHLPA
hired him to be the Assistant Director of Player Affairs looking after players and on-ice issues, helping to build a better bond between the NHLPA
heartfelt and continued interest in ensuring players understand their options in retirement, Flatley
has taken on the role of Director of the NHLA's
BreakAway Program and is thrilled to be following his
passion for hockey and education in this new capacity.
has been a part of the BreakAway (formerly known as Life After Hockey) Committee for the past 10 years.